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A reminder of how much has been learnt about shell-shock and PTSD since WW1, when so many were executed without understanding. The site is free entry and takes a relatively short time to see, but the thoughts rumble on a lot longer.
Just when you think that you have seen it all this really makes you think.
The execution pole in the inner courtyard of the town hall is a painful reminder of the fate which awaited many so-called ‘deserters’ during the Great War. Most of these...More
The death cells and town hall were eery knowing that only 100 years ago people were being shot at the post in the courtyard. It's a really beautiful memorial and an absolute must to visit. The death cells were really emotional as you could see...More
After a visit to the Talbot House where the soldiers went for R and R you walk past the Grote Markt to the town hall where soldiers were shot for desertion, murder, and cowardice. Only the Australians didn’t apply execution as military punishment. There’s the...More
We were part of a large group of some 80 people, and lucky enough to have amongst us a person who had studied the Great War in some depth, and was able to give us a detailed account of this shameful episode in British military...More
The story of the men "shot at dawn" is tragic and so difficult (apart, perhaps, those that had committed "capital" crimes) to understand and come to terms with. This is part of the story that should not be avoided