Etaples Military Cemetery was my last stop on my first world war trek in France. Having already visited the major battle fields in both France and Belgium, Etaples where I needed to spend some time reflecting, as I had a distant relative buried there. He had been wounded at Poziers and transported back to the hospital where he subsequently died from his wounds.
This is a large cemetery, and as you wander through the headstones it makes it all that much more real as to what theses brave soldiers must have gone through. To have been wounded under horrific conditions and to be transported back in equally horrific conditions only to die in many cases, from infection, is so tragic.
The cemetery itself like all the 1st WW memorials and cemeteries we visited, is well kept and well laid out in a tranquil setting and overlooked by magnificent stone structures and steps. Take some time to reflect, it's well worth it. Although my relative was well before my time, it was a particularly moving experience to stand in front of his headstone where with a tear in my eyes, I left a little piece of Australia with him.
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