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AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN.......

GHOSTS AT THE OLD CHATEAU

1914

Swish of silk and satin
In the hall and stairs;
Murmured words and laughter,
Little plaintive airs;
Stately ladies passing,
Curtseying as they go;
Fine and courtly gallants
Gravely bowing low
Silent feet are treading
Ghostly minuets;
Air with longing's laden,
Longings and regrets;
Dreams and hopes long vanished,
Love and smiles and tears,
Bearing old-time fragrance
Down the vale of years.

1915


Wailful winds are whistling
Through the ruined halls;
Roofless stands the chateau,
Tottering the walls.
Incense of the ages
Gleaned from old desires,
Swept away and perished
In the German fires.
Gauntly stand the ruins,
Peaks of jagged stone;
Black beneath the sunlight,
Mournfully alone.
Only in the moonbeams,
Sadly sobbing low,
Wistful spectres hover -
Ghosts of long ago.

CAPTAIN ERIC FITZWATER M.C.

'A' Company, 8th Battalion Prince of Wales's Own West Yorkshire Regiment(Leeds Rifles).

Born: January 1891. Portesham, near Weymouth, DORSET.

Killed: 9th October 1917. Aged 26 years.

Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing, Passchendaele, Belgium

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TYNE COT MEMORIAL TO THE MISSING

The Tyne Cot Memorial forms the North-Eastern boundary of Tyne Cot Cemetery, between Passchendaele and Zonnebeke. It stands on ground which was captured on the 4th October, 1917, by the 2nd Australian Division, and where now, among the ferro-concrete machine-gun shelters which still stand in the cemetery, nearly 12.000 soldiers of the Empire have been laid to rest.

The site of this Memorial is a different scene from the Menin Gate. It is high ground, from which the whole country to the English Channel lies open. It is in the middle of a purely agricultural district, with widely scattered farms and small villages. It represents the most desperate offensive fighting of the British Armies in Belgium, as Ypres represents their most stubborn resistance.

The Memorial is a semi-circular flint wall, fourteen feet high, and about, 500 feet long, with three apses. The names of those who have no known graves are carved on panels of Portland Stone ; the central apse forms the New Zealand Memorial, and bears the names of 1,179 officers and men who fell in October 1917 ; the wall and the two flanking apses carry the names of dead from the United Kingdom who fell between the 15th August 1917 and the Armistice.

The following inscription is carved on the frieze above the panels which contain the names :

1914-HERE ARE RECORDED THE NAMES OF

OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE ARMIES OF THE

BRITISH EMPIRE WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT,

BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED

THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN

TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH-1918

Location: The Tyne Cot Memorial to the Missing is located 9 kilometres north east of Ieper town centre, on the Tynecotstraat, a road leading from the Zonnebeekseweg (N332) to Broodseinde. At the roundabout turn left direction Passendale. Tynecotstraat is the 2nd road on the left handside.

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