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Yorkshire Trench & Dug-Out
Authentic restaurated trench near Ypres
The war is still ever-present in the Ypres area. Not only in the landscape, with its hundreds of cemeteries, monuments and relics, but also underground. An exemple is the Yorkshire Trench & Dug-Out some 4 km from Ypres centre.
This underground war can still be found at a depth of 60 to 70 cm. This is something the local population quickly learned, when from 1997 onwards a new industrial site was developed along the Ieper-Yzer canal.
Numerous vestiges of the war were soon discovered: unexploded ammunition, constructions, human remains,...
Since then, the bodies of some 205 soldiers of three different nationalities have been recovered. The city acquired a small plot of land, for the creation of a memorial site by the In Flanders Fields Museum. This plot marks the location of ‘Yorkshire Trench' originally dug by the British in 1915. In close consultation with the archeological team, the trench was restored along its original route, including the entrance and exit of a deep dug-out from 1917.
A series of information panels and a ground plan of the dug-out on the site give the visitor graphic representation of trench warfare. At the In Flanders Fields Museum, a film, a scale model and an interactive stand, including an exhibition of the objects found in the dug-out, give a deeper insight into the fascinating and little-known aspect of the war "in the wet, wet Flanders' plain"
Industrial estate along the Ieper-Yzer canal - Bargiestraat - Ypres
The site is permanently open and is free of entrance.