18th July 1917 Wednesday

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The Franco/ Belgian border existed only on a map in the reality of the conflict in Flanders, so often was it crossed by troops of both sides. The early start was the commencement of a 25 km trek back to the area north-east of Poperinghe.

“We were up at 2.30 on the next morning, and moved off at 4 a.m., arriving at Proven via Caestre and Watou, about 11 o’clock in the forenoon. The whole area was stiff with troops and guns, and lots of new hospitals (a bad sign!) were in existence around Proven. Chinese troops were working at the rail-head at Proven.” 

Modern map showing route Hondeghem to Proven

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