In 1915 the area near the canal at Boesinghe was battlefield, Patrick explains. He is one of the Boesinghe Diggers. Every Saturday he and his friends dig up former trenches. They use old trenchmaps to locate Nomansland and the frontlines.
Yes, they find German bodies as well, Patrick tells. Germany buries all human remains that are found in a massgrave at the German Langemark War Cemetery.
In 2005 about 25 German soldiers were buried in this way, all on one day.
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