Armistice Day in Ypres by Andrew Arnold
Last November Andrew Arnold travelled to Belgium with Leger Holidays on our ‘Armistice Day in Ypres’ tour. The reason for this was primarily to visit Tyne Cot for the first time, where his Great Great Uncle, William MacDuff, is commemorated.
Below, Andrew kindly shares his inspiration for taking the tour…
“In 2008 I started researching my family tree and found out that my Great Great Uncle, William MacDuff, had served in the First World War and had been killed in 1917. Through my research I managed to build up a picture of his life and military service, and even tracked down a photo of him. William has no known grave but it is commemorated on the Tyne Cot memorial in Belgium. Having researched the details of his life, and death, I now wanted to travel to Tyne Cot and pay my respects.
I chose to go on the ‘Armistice Day in Ypres’ tour with Leger because not only did it visit Tyne Cot, but it also offered the chance to attend the Armistice Day commemorations at the Menin Gate and remember all of those who lost their lives in the war. The tour also manages to fit in visits to some of the museums and key sites of the Ypres Salient, which was of interest to me as a first time visitor to the area.”
Read Andrew’s full story now, including a full review of his trip, by clicking here.