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For a few minutes last Sunday, their memory was entrusted to Richard and the pipers and drummers of the Liverpool Scottish Association's Band, who paraded through Ypres, trembling the emotions with their marches and laments, before stopping just inside the Menin Gate to play Amazing Grace.
Then after another 40 minutes on good roads I had crossed into Belgium and reached Ypres - Wipers to the troops.
A police spokesman in Ypres said they had been visiting Ypres because one member knew someone who lived there.
As well as the visit to Ypres and the service on November 11, we are also visiting La Coupole where a brilliant museum now stands.
But while the fighting was all but over by early May, Field Marshal Douglas Haig kept some action going as a diversion from the plans for the massive attack to come at the Ypres salient.
Ypres police chief Georges Aeck said: "It's a conventional device from World War One.
I always wondered what life must have been like living in those trenches, so when the opportunity arrived to visit Ypres in Belgium (or Wipers as the Tommies used to call it) we took it.
Win a two-night break to the heart of Flanders Fields with a stay in the historic Belgium city of Ypres, courtesy of P&O Ferries, Visit Flanders and Accor Hotels.
Some PS40,000 has been raised towards the PS90,000 appeal and paid for a commemorative stone or cromlech on a site near Ypres in Belgium.
Some 70,000 British soldiers, including many from Wales, died in the Battle of Passchendaele in Ypres, Belgium.
Some 70,000 British soldiers, including hundreds from Wales, died in the Battle of Passchendaele in Ypres, Belgium.
The papers contained a letter from the officer about a Sergeant Hunnam, who had fought in the First World War at Ypres, the Belgian town which was at the centre of the conflict.
For the British army nowhere became more ominously familiar than the Ypres salient, where a bulge in the line meant facing German fire on three sides from slightly (this being Flanders) elevated ground.
Ninety years ago the Ypres salient became infamous, with four huge battles and continual shelling from all sides claiming the lives of half a million men.
THE Liverpool Scottish are to visit Belgium and Northern France to dedicate a new memorial to their 2nd Battalion which served in the front line of World War I in Bois Grenier, Northern France, and also to visit the Menin Gate at Ypres.