Guards In Canteen Talbot House during WWI (c)Talbot House
During World War I, Poperinge was part of a small piece of unoccupied territory in Belgium. Far away from the turmoil of the Ypres’ front, the city became the nerve centre of the British war industry. In the centre of this busy city, chaplains Neville Talbot and Philip “Tubby” Clayton opened a club house in December 1915 where no distinction in rank or status was made. For three years, all soldiers could enjoy rare moments of peace and entertainment at Talbot House. Just like it was a hundred years ago, the House still represents a peaceful stop along the course of the “Great War” in Flanders Fields today.
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