Poperinge Town Hall Death Cell

Poperinge Town Hall Death Cell

Poperinge Town Hall Death Cell
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Ian E
Cannock, UK580 contributions
Sep 2022
Visited with a Leger Beer & Battlefields Tour, the guide Marc was excellent.. explained some of what went on here you can understand that not all those young men could stand it. When you go in to see the cells and the writings on the walls it easy to feel the desperation of acts which occurred here.
A must see if visiting Poperinge
Written October 9, 2022
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MrBaz2014
East Grinstead, UK181 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
Part of any WW1 tour should include this to illustrate te changing times we live in and for the poor unfortunates that we're victims of a society that could not appreciate the cause of shell shock
Written February 24, 2018
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Bart D
Leuven, Belgium14 contributions
Aug 2019
Within ten minutes or less, you can imagine some of the horror of the war machine and how some were not up to its ruthlessness. Small, but the raw reality still hits you because of how very confined the space you are in.
Written November 11, 2019
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Alan G
Manchester, UK51 contributions
Sep 2016 • Friends
I rated this 5 because it does not sanitise the experience - rather it shows it in all its bleak reality. This was my second visit and I felt again an overwhelming sense of outrage that we could do this to our own men who were mentally exhausted and, in many cases, had already given their all. It's probably an oversimplification but one gets the impression that the shellshocked officer class in 1914-18 received treatment whilst ordinary squaddies were branded 'cowards' and shot. Different world in those days - thank God we have moved on from these attitudes.
Written September 24, 2016
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Bigb67Scotland
Edinburgh, UK2,332 contributions
Nov 2014 • Couples
As we were in the area taking in the many battle sites and the main event at the Menin gate in Leper on the 11 th Nov. It was only fair we also take in the small town of Poperinge and the infamous "Death Cells" ..Now, let me just say this is quite easy to find as is the many parking areas around here, so no parking issues either. And it's actually part of the old town hall just off the main square, as you walk up it doesn't look too impressive to be honest and if it wasn't for the many tourists walking in and out, you might just walk on by yourself.
Be aware this a free attraction, and also do try and show some respect as I witnessed some pretty disgraceful behaviour from two families who allowed their darling children to run around the execution post which was adorned with memorial poppies to honour the unfortunate victims of this sorry war, so sad to watch not to mention infuriating..!
As you enter the cells you are immediately hit with the hopeless situation that these Shell shocked and badly traumatised young men must have been feeling, even worse was looking out at the Execution Post..!. And to call these men "Deserters" is a gross insult as has been proven down the years by doctors, that the horror of this war had serious mental effects on some...I was also fortunate enough to able to have the cell to myself for a short while before the dreaded tour groups came in and crowded you out, and I too, did notice the many last desperate messages on the wall along with some defiant ones. Being an ex Army man myself and having spent some time in a "Glass House" I can talk from experience on the effect of being locked in a cell.
Now, opposite the death cell is a holding one. And I won't spoil the surprise in here as you'll have to look for yourself I'm afraid but, it's cleverly done. As for the execution post, you'll just have to try and imagine some terrified young lad being tied to a post, blindfolded and listening to his last sounds..Rifles bolts cocking, followed by a harsh command........Respect..!
Written January 29, 2015
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Fasteddie69
Alnwick, UK74 contributions
Sep 2019 • Family
This is a must, it’s a very small but important part of WW1, it’s moving to see the writing on the walls still there and protected by the clear glass/plastic, it as easy to look in the second cell and see the video of an inmate, a must do if visiting
Written September 16, 2019
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Canada27
Tecumseh, Canada585 contributions
Jul 2019
In a somewhat hidden courtyard, you'll find this cell which housed soldiers before meeting a firing squad a dawn. Rather sobering, to be honest. On one side, is the cell proper with a few preserved carvings by the prisoners. On the other side, a window slot showing a film clip of a soldier spending his last hours is very powerful. Around the corner is the execution site itself. Some of the modern buildings surrounding it take away from the significance/mood of the spot but life moves on, right?

A visit shouldn't take more than 10-15 minutes and the fact that it's free makes it worth a peek. Just about a five minute walk from the Talbot House.
Written August 9, 2019
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Jeremy T
Chelmsford, UK34 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
This is a tiny museum but is a must to visit. Thought provoking and and very grounding. you really get a sense of what these boys went through here.
Written September 24, 2018
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Neil C
London338 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
A reminder of how much has been learnt about shell-shock and PTSD since WW1, when so many were executed without understanding. The site is free entry and takes a relatively short time to see, but the thoughts rumble on a lot longer.
Written September 14, 2018
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joooles
Gateshead, UK4 contributions
Sep 2018
Free entry. Short time required to visit. Poignant and thought provoking. Second time I have visited.
Written September 10, 2018
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