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Grootegast, The Netherlands

Grootegast is in Groningen province.

This house (flats?) has a definite Art Deco feel especially in the rounded window elements:-

Art Deco Style House, Grootegast, The Netherlands

Other angle:-

Art Deco Style, Grootegast, The Netherlands

A more typical Dutch style house:-

House in Grootegast, The Netherlands


House Detail, Grootegast, The Netherlands

Grootegast War Memorial. From distance:-

Grootegast War Memorial From Distance

Closer view:-

Grootegast War Memorial

Memorial pedestal:-

Grootegast War Memorial

Dutch East Indies Memorial:-

Grootegast War Memorial

Post World War 2 the Dutch made a doomed attempt to hold on to their Far Eastern colonies. As did the French. And, eventually, the British.

Resistance Monument, The Netherlands

While in The Netherlands we helped walk the good lady’s relatives’ dog most days. In a piece of Dutch woodland we came across this memorial to Resistance fighters who had been captured and shot by the Germans. Not the sort of thing you happen upon in a Scottish wood, thankfully.

Resistance Monument

Resistance Monument, The Netherlands

Doezum, The Netherlands

Doezum is a village in the province of Groningen, The Netherlands. Travelling through it I spotted this Art Deco style house:-

Art Deco House, Doezum, Groningen, The Netherlands

Front view. Espaliering of fruit trees in the front garden:-

Front View, Art Deco House, Doezum

Other view. Note rounded corners with fairly elaborate brick finials on top:-

Other View Art Deco House, Doezum

There was a further deco style house on the other side of the street:-

Doezum Art Deco Style

Again the detailing on the house roof corners was delightful:-

Doezum Art Deco Detail

Doezum War Memorial. In Memoriam 1940-45. Again the Dutch style wreaths are distinctive:-

Doezum War Memorial

Doezum War Memorial 2

Surhuisterveen, Friesland, The Netherlands

I have posted about Surhuisterveen before, here and here.

This May we were there again and I saw some deco style buildings I’d missed in 2104.

Deco Style in Surhuisterveen 1

Detailing on roof corner:-

Deco Style in Surhuisterveen Detail

This former bank is a modern building but with decoish aspects:-

Deco Style in Surhuisterveen 33

Aspect round the corner:-

Deco Style in Surhuisterveen, Gable

Deco style stained glass window. Mondrian-like:-

Deco Style in Surhuisterveen 5

We had arrived just in time for Dutch Remebrance Day (May 5th I think.) I prefer their wreaths to the British poppy-heavy ones:-

Surhuisterveen Remembrance Wreaths

Zonnebeeke War Memorial

Zonnebeeke is in Flanders, Belgium, just west-north-west of Ypres. We passed through it on the way to Tyne Cot and Langemark War Cemeteries.

I had stopped to photgraph a distinctive building in the town (more of which later) and this War Memorial was on the same crossroads.

I could only see the date 1940 on it but Belgian soldiers from Zonnebeeke certainly died in the Great War.

Zonnebeke War Memorial

Liverpool Scottish Memorial, Railway Wood, Ypres

The Liverpool Scottish were raised in Liverpool from Scottish stock and wore kilts. They made an attack at Hooge (Bellewaarde) in June 1915 by Railway Wood.

There is a memorial at the edge of Railway Wood.

Liverpool Scottish Memorial near Ypres

Liverpool Scottish Memorial, Railway Wood, Ypres

Railway Wood, Ypres

In Railway Wood itself, near the Royal Engineers Memorial, there were several large craters.

Shell Crater , Railway Wood, Ypres

Shell Crater, Railway Wood, Ypres

Shell Crater near Ypres

Shell Crater near Ypres

It was quite spooky walking round the shell shattered ground, the peacefulness contrasting with what it must have been like for the soldiers of both sides, some of whom must lie underneath all this.

Pinned to a tree we found this memorial note for Private John William Ogley:-

Memorial Note for Private John William  Ogley

Royal Engineers Memorial, Railway Wood, Ypres

From the Menin Road we could see just on the ridge of a hill a Commonwealth War Graves Cross of Sacrifice. A signpost pointed up a very minor road to RE Memorial Railway Wood. We had to make the last bit on foot – past several Remembrance Trees. The line had shifted up a bit from the Menin Road by 1915.

It was now such a peaceful setting with cows grazing hard by the memorial:-

Royal Engineers Grave, Railway Wood, Ypres

Royal Engineers Memorial, Railway Wood, Ypres:-

Royal Engineers Grave, Railway Wood, Ypres, From Access Road

Unless there are at least forty graves a Commonwealth War Cemetery will not have a Cross of Sacrifice. This memorial commemorates only twelve men but the graves are not individually marked, hence the cross.

Royal Engineers Memorial, Railway Wood, Ypres, from Entrance:-

Royal Engineers Grave, Railway Wood, Ypres, From Entrance

Royal Engineers Memorial, Railway Wood, Inscription 1, 177th Tunnelling Company, Royal Engineers:-

Royal Engineers Grave, Railway Wood, Inscription 1

Royal Engineers Memorial, Railway Wood, Inscription 2, six names:-

Royal Engineers Grave, Railway Wood, Inscription 2

Royal Engineers Memorial, Railway Wood, Inscription 3, a further six names:-

Royal Engineers Grave, Railway Wood, Inscription 3

View Towards Ypres from Royal Engineers Memorial, Railway Wood:-

Royal Engineers Memorial, Railway Wood, View Towards Ypres

Crater, Railway Wood, Ypres, Royal Engineers Memorial in background:-

Crater, Railway Wood, Ypres

Kinross War Memorials

Kinross Parish Church Memorial Plaque. 1914-19; with 1939-45 added below. This is directly in front of you on the wall as you enter what was the Parish Church and is now a community hall complete with tea-room:-

Kinross Parish Church Memorial Plaque

Kinross’s main War Memorial lies just left of the A 922 as you near the town centre coming from Milnathort. There is an inscription on the paving as you approach it from the main road:-

Kinross War Memorial

Full Memorial. Square base and plinth, surmounted by square column and small Celtic Cross:-

Kinross War Memorial

East aspect:-

Kinross War Memorial

South aspect:-

Kinross War Memorial

North aspect:-

Kinross War Memorial

West aspect. Inscription for the Great War, lower plaque for World War 2, one for Sarawak 1965:-

Kinross War Memorial

Extra inscription for Janet McL Meldrum, ATS, World War 2:-

Kinross War Memorial

Milnathort War Memorial

Milnathort is in the county of Perth and Kinross and lies a mile or so north of Kinross itself.

Its War Memorial lies just off South Street, the main A 922 road south to Kinross, in a garden area which leads to a small park.

From main road:-

Milnathort War Memorial

Square base with extensions, tapering column, surmounted by globular feature. “In proud and grateful remembrance of the men from this parish who fell”:-

Milnathort War Memorial 2

Name plaques for the Great War (above) plus Second World War inscription:-

Milnathort War Memorial 3

Name plaques for Second World War:-

Milnathort War Memorial 4

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