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Weʼre raising £100,000 to Save Yorkshire's WW1 Heritage, Our mission is to restore Yorkshire Trench near Ypres.

Bargiestraat, 8904 Ieper, Belgium

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TOTAL £5654(+ £1950 Offline)

Yorkshire Trench Restoration.

YORKSHIRE NEEDS YOU The Yorkshire Trench is one of the very few World War One front line trenches, that still exist in their original positions earning its name The Yorkshire Trench as the 49th West Riding of Yorkshire Division manned and improved this section of the trench, the network for communications tunnels which once connected the front-line trenches names after Strensall Road, Leeds Road and Huddersfield Road.

Until recently the trench was accessible to the public. The recent wet weather in Flanders has taken its toll, much as it did in the Great War. It is now seriously damaged by the wind, and rain. We urgently need YOUR HELP to re-instate this important site.

This is part of our Yorkshire heritage, it is on this small piece of Belgian land just outside the town of Ypres. Where so many British soldiers many from Yorkshire fell in battle. It is in remembrance of them and the French, German and Belgian soldiers who died in the vicinity during the period from 1915 to early 1917, that we must repair, and preserve this historic trench. And in that remembrance show both visitor, and student the true reality of war.

​Your donation will be wisely used, and greatly appreciated.

Why the Yorkshire Trench? Who Owns it?

The trench is owned by the city of Ieper. The museum provides the historical context and integrates the site in educational tours and packages. This site is of really great importance for the city and the museum as it is the only original (but restored) British trench open to the public in the salient.

Why £100,000?

We can not currently give an estimation of the total costs for a complete restoration. But will do so as soon as possible. The initial amount is an estimation based on an initial estimation in 2014 of 150,000 EURO (£135,000).

Unfortunately, we are aware that the cost is big and that it will be recurrent.

Every donation is greatly appreciated and also to note The City of Ieper will also be contributing to this project.

Who will the Money go to?

The City of Ieper, represented by the Deputy Major Dimitry Soenen and the Museum Represented by the director Piet Chielens who will also share the budget for this restoration campaign.

​ 100% of Money raised will be used for the Yorkshire Trench Restoration.

If you would like to make an Offline Contribution or Pay by Cheque please email us at YorkshireTrench@gmail.com

Please follow us on Twitter/Insta/Facebook @YorkshireTrench

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    1 month ago

    £5434! Thanks to all for Online/Offline donations and spreading the word in anyway you can, we are now over the £5000 mark, with some amazing stories being heard. #WeWillRememberThem

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    1 month ago
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    £4841 (+ £1500 Offline) Thanks to those who donated for WO1 Chris Frost's Ultra Marathon last week!

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    1 month ago

    50 Mile Ultra Marathon! Warrant Officer Class One RSM Chris Frost MERCIAN will be running the Manchester to Liverpool Ultra Friday 2nd April. In remembrance & help raise awareness/funds for #YorkshireTrench Restoration. We will be able to follow Chris LIVE as he races through 5 Checkpoints with a 14 hour cut off point. I’m sure every £1 will knock a Second off his final finish time!

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous

    May 15, 2021

    £20.00

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    May 13, 2021

  • Adam Winstanley

    Adam Winstanley

    Apr 30, 2021

    Have visited Yorkshire Trench several times. My great-grandfather served in this part of the front line in early 1917. It is important for it to be restored.

  • Haydon Ritchie

    Haydon Ritchie

    Apr 24, 2021

    Good luck in obtaining your target.

    £20.00

  • WMN

    WMN

    Apr 22, 2021

    Great and important work

  • Col T

    Col T

    Apr 22, 2021

    Good luck. I hope you succeed.

    £50.00

  • David Asquith

    David Asquith

    Apr 20, 2021

    This is important - keep up the campaign.

    £50.00

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John Morrison

John Morrison

Bargiestraat, 8904 Ieper, Belgium

I am 60yr Old Civil Servant. Passionate guide in the Realities of War. I create studies for Students to visit WW1/WW2 Battlefields. Placing particular emphasis on the lives & deaths of soldiers from Yorkshire. It is this aspect that I find the most interesting & rewarding.

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