John Morrison on the right with guide Pol Lefevre
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Brits raise cash to save Great War Yorkshire Trench

Four Britons have launched an appeal to collect funds to help pay for repairs for the Yorkshire Trench, a remnant of the Great War in Boezinge outside Ieper (West Flanders) built by British soldiers during the conflict.  The trench is in poor repair.  The Britons have already raised 11,000 euros.

John Morrison, his two sons and daughter-in-law are on a sponsored walk from Boulogne (France) to Ieper.

The Yorkshire Trench Dug-Out Site is the sole remaining original war site in the northern Ieper Salient. It consists of a trench with two wooden dugouts that serve as underground refuges.  The trench was used as HQ during the Third Battle of Ypres aka the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917.  The dug-out collapsed last February after changes to the water level led to a deterioration in the wood.

Unfortunately the 11,000 euros won’t suffice because the second dug-out too is in danger of collapse.  Donations are welcome via this crowdfunding link.

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