The approach to the Crater is along a laneway in La Boiselle. Note that the ground is wet. Note also, the undulations in the ground. Leftovers from the area being shelled so much.
The pathway to the Crater.
Note shrubs on the far side that give a sense of perspective on just how huge this thing is. About 100yds across, these are on the lip of the crater.
About 30yds deep, the red wreaths in the bottom are about two feet in diameter.
Taken from the far side, again, a sense of perspecitive.
The path in and out. Note the old shell holes on either side. As noted above, it had just stopped raining when we arrived so the clay was rather slippery.
Three people in our group fell and had clay remembrances on their jeans for the rest of the day.
Back again. The sign has been updated with a website sticker.
The ground was dry, today.
This sign is new.
Marker found on the far side.
Reclamation of war dead is still an ongoing process as is the maintenance of cemeteries.
IN MEMORY OF
22/1306 Pte GEORGE NUGENT
MISSING IN ACTION 1st JULY 1916
FOUND AT THIS SPOT 31st OCTOBER 1998
LAID TO REST
OVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY 1st JULY 2000
Another shot from the far side for perspective.
Leaving La Boiselle. Note that the Stop sign is in English. Testimony to the number of English speakers that come to the site.
I was probably MORE awed by this thing the second time around.
The first time through, when I saw people falling on the thin veneer of water on the clay, it got me to thinking about the poor foot soldier who had to slog through a sticky and slippery quagmire of this stuff against opponents with machine-guns!
As always, your thoughts are welcome.