Poperinge Town Hall Death Cell

Poperinge Town Hall Death Cell

Poperinge Town Hall Death Cell
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Tigertribal
Craigavon, UK1,028 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Over 3,000 allied soldiers were sentenced to death by execution for deserting their posts or acts of cowardice in WWI. Only 346 were actually executed. 25 British & 2 Canadian soldiers were executed in Poperinge.

The execution pole, visible from the death cell, is located in the inner courtyard of the town hall, serves as a reminder of the fate which awaited many so-called deserters. Most of these men were suffering from PTSD.
Written 21 July 2023
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Adele L
Yeovil, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
This is where deserters etc were shot at dawn. The prison cell adjacent still have carvings/drawings on the walls that are protected with glass.
Written 23 November 2022
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Ian E
Cannock, UK564 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
Visited with a Leger Beer & Battlefields Tour, the guide Marc was excellent.. explained some of what went on here you can understand that not all those young men could stand it. When you go in to see the cells and the writings on the walls it easy to feel the desperation of acts which occurred here.
A must see if visiting Poperinge
Written 9 October 2022
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Bart D
Leuven, Belgium12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Within ten minutes or less, you can imagine some of the horror of the war machine and how some were not up to its ruthlessness. Small, but the raw reality still hits you because of how very confined the space you are in.
Written 11 November 2019
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Fasteddie69
Alnwick, UK68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Family
This is a must, it’s a very small but important part of WW1, it’s moving to see the writing on the walls still there and protected by the clear glass/plastic, it as easy to look in the second cell and see the video of an inmate, a must do if visiting
Written 16 September 2019
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Tecumseh, Canada573 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
In a somewhat hidden courtyard, you'll find this cell which housed soldiers before meeting a firing squad a dawn. Rather sobering, to be honest. On one side, is the cell proper with a few preserved carvings by the prisoners. On the other side, a window slot showing a film clip of a soldier spending his last hours is very powerful. Around the corner is the execution site itself. Some of the modern buildings surrounding it take away from the significance/mood of the spot but life moves on, right?

A visit shouldn't take more than 10-15 minutes and the fact that it's free makes it worth a peek. Just about a five minute walk from the Talbot House.
Written 9 August 2019
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AJJP1
Appleby-in-Westmorland, UK1,494 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
Reality.
It happened.
You need to see it. Sense it.
Sad.
What burdens they endured in the name of freedom.
Written 9 May 2019
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Chris C
Faversham, UK151 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
A somber but worthwhile place to visit and reflect on the stupidity and senseless waste of war.
Excellent and all visiting schools trips should include it on their itinerary’s
Written 9 April 2019
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SmilerP
Nottingham, UK1,490 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Friends
There are two cells at the back of the town hall, go down the little side street.

One cell is open to show the writings on the wall.

Outside is the foreign post. This is a very sad place where extreme justice took place.
Written 4 April 2019
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EmBoleyn
Cardiff, UK97 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Family
A very moving experience which will give you an insight into the awful treatment of soldiers who were executed for being accused of cowardice and desertion, when they were actually suffering from the unimaginable effects of fighting at the front.
Written 5 November 2018
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