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From Flanders Fields

Posted in England, London by folkestonejack on November 30, 2013

The Louise-Marie, a Karel Doorman-class frigate of the Belgian Navy, arrived in London on Friday 29th November with seventy sandbags filled with soil from the battlefields of Flanders. The ‘sacred soil’ was gathered from 70 battlefields and cemeteries in Flanders and will be used in the new Flanders Fields memorial garden which is under construction at Wellington Barracks in London.

The procession makes its way through the city

The procession makes its way through the city

The gun carriage with 70 sandbags of 'sacred soil'

The gun carriage with 70 sandbags of ‘sacred soil’

It seemed strangely appropriate that sunrise a day later should deliver a short-lived spread of clouds, glowing red in the morning sky, with their reflection turning the Thames red. A couple of hours later the sandbags were piped off HMS Belfast and onto a waiting gun carriage which was to be hauled by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment providing an escort.

The Belgian warship’s stay in London was to be short, with departure scheduled for high tide on the morning of Monday 2nd December.

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