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Offline reddevil1311

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Newham - Lievin (France)
« on: 31 August, 2010, 03:38:16 PM »
What does Newham have in common with Lievin in France.  Quite a lot really. 

Both have former heavy industries that have left a void after closing (our docks, railways and gasworks - their coal mines).  Both have all of the social issues that you would expect to find in mixed communities with relatively high unemployment.  Both are a bit "rough around the edges".  And finally, both have a "West Ham Lane"........

Unlike our own West Ham Lane, the one in Lievin now only exists on old maps and under the surface of the ground, for it was one of the main trenches used by the West Ham Pals (13 Batt. Essex Regt.) during the First World War.

This weekend I will be travelling to Lievin and will be tracing the route of "West Ham Lane" trench, and laying two poppy wreaths on the site to commemorate the sacrifices made by our local men during the Great War.

Photos will follow in a week or so.