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raised of £100,000 target by 416 supporters

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

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The Yorkshire Trench is one of the very few WW1 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 & 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, & 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 & 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 £100,000? We can not currently give an estimation of the total costs for a complete restoration. 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. 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.

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  • John Morrison4 months ago
    John Morrison

    John Morrison

    4 months ago

    To assist with further work that needs doing we are looking to close the JustGiving Page and send funds potentially 31st May! We are awaiting info on where exactly the money raised would be going so we can let you all know.. can't thank people enough for spreading the word and all the donations.

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  • John Morrison4 months ago
    John Morrison

    John Morrison

    4 months ago

    A lot has happened in the last weeks! 1917 Trench & Dugout: The dugout entrances + stairs are renewed and look spectacular. Sandbags are put back in place Loose sandbags are fixed over the entire length of the 1917 trench Stairs on both sides are repaired with recovered planks from the dugout: the trench will be accessible for the mobile visitors 1915-1916 Trench Ditch instead of plank path for trench 1915-1916 Levelling of terrain

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  • John Morrison1 year ago
    John Morrison

    John Morrison

    1 year ago

    Thank You to Selby High School who will be supporting the Yorkshire Trench Restoration Project with donations from sponsored poppies that will be placed on their school gates. #WeWillRememberThem

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Page last updated on: 9/15/2023 09.54



  • Michael and Christine Muschamp

    Michael and Christine Muschamp

    Sep 15, 2023

    Good luck and thanks.


  • John Morrison

    John Morrison

    Sep 10, 2023

    Thank you for the donation at the Yorkshire Trench opening


  • John Morrison

    John Morrison

    Sep 7, 2023

    Thank you Parachute Association Sheffield you always donate and never let us down so many thanks


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    May 30, 2023


  • John Morrison

    John Morrison

    May 25, 2023

    Many thanks to Yorkshire OTR for their kind donation


  • John Morrison

    John Morrison

    May 24, 2023

    Thank you to the Parachute Regiment Association Sheffield branch for their kind donation


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    John Morrison

    May 8, 2023

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John Morrison

John Morrison

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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