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Poperinge Town Hall Death Cell

Grote Markt, Poperinge 8970, Belgium
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The death cell in the town hall of Poperinge is the only of its kind, as far as I have seen. There... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
RHAHJ
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Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Chilling reminder of WW1

Behind a red door just round the corner from the Town Hall is the location of the place where... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Andrewdavidlong
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Reading, United Kingdom
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  • Average19%
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Grote Markt, Poperinge 8970, Belgium
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The death cell in the town hall of Poperinge is the only of its kind, as far as I have seen. There is not too much to see, but entry is free, and it is a bit chilling to realize that deserters in WWI would...More

Thank RHAHJ
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Behind a red door just round the corner from the Town Hall is the location of the place where British soldiers were shot by firing squad at dawn. There is a post in the courtyard. Just off the courtyard, is another door where there are...More

Thank Andrewdavidlong
Reviewed June 24, 2017

On a Leger Battlefield tour. When told of the history of this site and you see the death cells and you realise that this small square is where 17 people were shot for desertion, it is a sobering experience.

Thank cornishman1965
Reviewed June 23, 2017 via mobile

Shell shocked (or affected by what we now call PTSD) our soldiers leaving the front lines would be accused of desertion and after spending some time in a tiny cell, still conserving their carvings on the wall, executed in the courtyard, were the execution post...More

Thank Nolinice
Reviewed June 10, 2017

War is messy business but it seems doubly sad to be shot by your own instead of by the enemy. While we no longer execute our soldiers 'pour encourage les autres' there is still a huge lack of understanding of the damage done to those...More

Thank Katieclem46
Reviewed June 10, 2017

For those not familiar with World War One army discipline this provides a stark reminder. The cell was used for soldiers awaiting execution as it was the original town lock up. It is however important to remember that the majority of those sentenced to death...More

Thank Cath C
Reviewed May 24, 2017

We visited the Death Cells on a Leger tour and were very impressed that you can see where the trials of soldiers were held, the cells and execution post outside, all for free. The information provided is excellent and of course not far away some...More

Thank Rooombiter
Reviewed March 30, 2017 via mobile

This should never have happened. And I'm glad they are still kept as a memorial to those men murdered by there own side. This is a quiet somber experience that only takes 10/15 mins not worth a deliberate trip but as a stopping point on...More

Thank Tom P
Reviewed March 20, 2017 via mobile

The realities of a different era revealed. This would not happen today. Thank God. A stark place that makes one think.

Thank Robert R
Reviewed March 17, 2017 via mobile

It is truly horrific what you see here in the death cells!first of all there's one cell that shows a film about a soldiers last hours before he's executed!and the other cell is open to walk in!outside is the place where they stood before being...More

Thank jonh196921
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