You may recall I popped across to Belgium with my Mum and her cousin so they could visit their uncle’s grave (and my great uncle!) on the 100th anniversary of his death. One of the highlights were the Memorial Gardens in Zonnebeke.
Located in the centre of Ypres Salient, Zonnebeke was destroyed by the Great War. It was not until the 1920s that people even began to return and this small town was completely rebuilt. There is a museum here which tells the story of Passchedaele and for this year one of the many dugouts has been drained and reopened to enable visitors to experience what life was like for the tunnellers of World War One. It was the dug out which brought us to Zonnebeke, and we all found it an interesting experience. However it was the Memorial Park, an unexpected discovery, which had the emotional impact.