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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 £6,300 (+ £1,950 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

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  • John Morrison5 months ago
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    John Morrison

    5 months 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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  • John Morrison6 months ago
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    6 months 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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  • John Morrison6 months ago
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    6 months 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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Page last updated on: 9/18/2021 12.09



  • Andy Hubbard

    Andy Hubbard

    Sep 18, 2021

    This must be saved in memory of those who fell.


  • Mark Smith

    Mark Smith

    Sep 3, 2021


  • Ann Law

    Ann Law

    Aug 17, 2021


  • Josh Kemp

    Josh Kemp

    Aug 13, 2021

    Fantastic work, and very much worth it!


  • Katja Denyft

    Katja Denyft

    Aug 8, 2021


  • Jane & Paul Ainsworth

    Jane & Paul Ainsworth

    Jul 31, 2021

    The Yorkshire Trench is an important part of our history and should be preserved. Is the UK Government donating or any Yorkshire organizations?


  • Stu Potts

    Stu Potts

    Jul 30, 2021


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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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