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A reminder of how much has been learnt about shell-shock and PTSD since WW1, when so many were... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Neil C
A must

Free entry. Short time required to visit. Poignant and thought provoking. Second time I have... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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.

1  Thank Neil C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Free entry. Short time required to visit. Poignant and thought provoking. Second time I have visited.

1  Thank joooles
Reviewed 5 August 2018

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

1  Thank Ashsaw
Reviewed 3 August 2018 via mobile

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

Reviewed 1 August 2018 via mobile

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

1  Thank groupwww
Reviewed 24 July 2018

Makes you think about the sacrifice made by many only for their lives to be taken by their own. The soldiers who passed through here were heroes as well!

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Reviewed 23 July 2018

......of the waste of this terrible conflict. The horror that human beings endured is unimagineable to us now, and to end it all here is a sad reflection on the times.

Thank Stephen A
Reviewed 18 June 2018

men stayed their last night alive here before being shot i found it interesting but wished i didnt go as very upsetting

Thank Keith S
Reviewed 10 May 2018

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

Thank Robin S
Reviewed 20 April 2018

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

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