THE YPRES TIMES Between this point and Salvation Corner only two or three gaping mouths at odd intervals in the bank side can be seen from the Boesinghe road, a closer examination revealing the entrances almost screened from View by coarse dank vegetation, and interiors half filled with debris of all kinds, the last traces of "elephant" iron supporting the roofs fast rotting away, and at very frequent intervals along the top of the Yser's banks deep treacherous cavities overgrown with grass and long nettles and docks," not old shell holes, but the result of the caving-in of our old abodes. Elsewhere in the Salient there remains very little indeed of the countless saps, strong points, pill boxes, and such dug-outs as could be made. I scoured the old field of operations thoroughly, from Pilckem to Wytschaete, from Hooge back into the town, but little was to be seen anywhere. The local tillers of the soil appear to have made half-hearted attempts to eradicate from their land our and the enemy's legacy of concrete and steel in some instances, although it is some times difficult to decide whether shell fire or manual labour is responsible for the resultant accumulated rubble. There must be some queer cavities still remaining beneath certain of the newly erected buildings in Ypres, many undiscovered dives and retreats built by the town's defenders during those stern times. A careful search among the very few remaining vacant sites in odd corners of the old city's ruins occasionally brings to light various relics and reminders of the past, and some of my explorations in these quarters revealed traces of former occupants. Among other things, I have discovered a pipe ready filled for lighting, together with a packet of ration tobacco and a box of matchesor rather their mouldy remainsin an obscure niche in a cellar wall, a rust-eaten dixie" wrapped in a mildewed greyback shirt beneath a litter of broken plaster, containing field


The Ypres Times (1921-1936) | 1929 | | pagina 12