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

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Artillery Wood Cemetery, Boezinge
Copyright © Jacky Platteeuw, 2001


A SOLDIER'S GRAVE

Then in the lull of midnight, gentle arms
Lifted him slowly down the slopes of death,
Lest he should hear again the mad alarms
Of battle, dying moans, and painful breath.

And where the earth was soft for flowers we made,
A grave for him that he might better rest.
So, Spring shall come and leave it sweet arrayed,
And there the lark shall turn her dewy nest.

LANCE CORPORAL FRANCIS LEDWIDGE

5th Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
`B' Company, 7st Battalion Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers.
Born: 19th August 1887. Slane, Co. Meath.
Educated: Slane Board School.

Killed: 31 st July 1917. Aged 29 years.

Artillery Wood Cemetery, Boezinge, Belgium.

Artillery Wood Cemetery, Boezinge

Location: From Ypres take the road to Diksmuide (N369). At "Salvation Corner" crossroad take right direction Boezinge (N369). Following that road you will pass several Cemeteries. First on the right handside "Duhallow A.D.S. (Advanced Dressing Station) Cemetery "Ieper. A little further "Essex Farm Cemetery Boezinge" the place where John McCrae wrote his famous "In Flanders Fields" poem. About ½ mile on your left you will find "Bard Cottage Cemetery Boezinge" followed on the same side at about ¼ mile by "Talana Farm Cemetery Boezinge" which is situated off road. Arrived at Boezinge you will see a bridge on the right handside. Cross this bridge. The emplacement of the actual bridge is not the same as the one during the Great War but it gives a pretty good idea of his strategic importance. It was successfully defended by the French colonial troops after the first gas attack of 22 April 1915. Once on the other side if the Canal you follow the road to Langemark. After the sharp turn about ¼ mile further you will see on your left handside the French memorial "Carrefour des Roses". A strange sight in the Flemish landscape: a Brittany Calvary. Take the road to the left newt to the memorial and you will arrive at "Artillery Wood Cemetery Boezinge". A little before you can see a remembrance plaque for Francis Ledwidge on the old railway embankment. He was killed near that spot on the 31st July 1917.

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