Category Archives: Ieper/Ypres

Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battles of Third Ypres Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park Sydney, Tuesday 26 September 2017

 The Commemoration of the Centenary of the Battles of Third Ypres was held on the centenary of the Battle of Polygon Wood, Tuesday 26 September 2017 at the Anzac Memorial, Hyde Park Sydney. The commemoration honoured the 43 Divisions of … Continue reading

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Centenary of commencement of The Third Battle of Ypres 31 July

The Centenary of the commencement of The Third Battle of Ypres on 31 July 2017 will be commemorated on July 31 at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission’s Tyne Cot Cemetery, in Ypres, where 12,000 British and Commonwealth troops are buried. There … Continue reading

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Return of the Menin Gate Lions to Ieper

Johan Durnez, Waregem, Belgium, with Geoff Lewis, Raglan. Edited version of article in DIGGER 59 Return of the Menin Gate Lions to Ieper Click on the image and zoom in to see greater detail. [Photo from Defence Image Library] ‘It was … Continue reading

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Flanders Memorial Garden dedicated at the Australian War Memorial 4 April 2017

More than 6 000 Australian soldiers are buried in unknown graves in Flanders fields. Now there is a Flanders Memorial Garden at the Australian War Memorial containing soil from those battlefields, Flanders cemeteries and Australian places that the soldiers knew … Continue reading

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Johan Durnez OAM

In Ieper Belgium, on 4 June 2013 FFFAIF member Johan Durnez was presented with his Order of Australia Medal by Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC CVO Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia and Patron in Chief of the Families … Continue reading

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VALE – Ivan Sinnaeve

Ivan Sinnaeve ‘Shrapnel Charlie’ On behalf of the committee and members of Families and Friends of the First AIF, I express condolences to Marie Claire Sinnaeve, her family and friends on the loss of her dear husband, Ivan, at the age … Continue reading

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ANZAC Day 2011: Belgium

ANZAC Day in Belgium commenced with a Dawn Service at British New Buttes Cemetery, Polygon Wood, Zonnebeke. Photo: Dawn Service New Buttes Cemetery Polygon Wood Zonnebeke Belgium [Johan Durnez] Read about this service as seen through the eyes of FFFAIF member Johan … Continue reading

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11/11 in Belgium

Remembrance Day in Ieper Belgium was very different to the bright sunshine of Canberra. FFFAIF Belgium member Anny Decker sent these photos of the commemorations in a very wet and windy Ieper where the crowds were smaller than anticipated due to … Continue reading

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Anzac Day Belgium Pt 2

Families and Friends of the First AIF members Ivan and Marie-Claire Sinnaeve attended the Anzac Day Service held at the Menin Gate in Ieper and provided the photos in this report. The crowd at Menin Gate began to gather early … Continue reading

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Hill 60 view to go?

The City Council of Ieper has granted planning permission for the building of a large “family house” directly opposite the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company Monument and the pedestrian entrance to the Hill 60 site. The view of Ieper, for which so … Continue reading

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