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Location of A.D.S. BUNA [BUND]

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I have found my man mentioned in 70 Field Ambulance War Diary on 6 June 1917 as his RAMC unit prepared to receive casualties from the attack at Messines. He was apparently hit before the first battle casualty even arrived

"Pt SAYER and Pt PRESTCOTT wounded on way up to BUNA"

The diary states the chain of evacuation as being from RAPs to Valley Cottage, Zillebeke, to ADS Buna, to Kreitstraat.

So my question is:

Where would ADS Buna be located?

Many thanks

MS

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The NA British Trench Map Atlas DVD lists " The Bund" as dugouts at 28NW4 I15d & 21B which is between Zillebeke and Kruitstaat

Eddie

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Yes, it does now look like BUND.

Thanks Eddie

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This might be useful (if it's the right place) Click

Mike

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I'm pretty sure it will have been one of the ADSs that were sited near to what is now known as "Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm)" cemetery.

This is at the wide end of the lake where there is, indeed, a large bund to keep the lake from overflowing onto the surrounding fields.

http://www.cwgc.org/find-a-cemetery/cemetery/56000/RAILWAY%20DUGOUTS%20BURIAL%20GROUND%20(TRANSPORT%20FARM)

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Great find. Downloading the image, the plan puts the dugout at the top end of the lake.

Thanks Mike

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The 70 Field Ambulance moved to the Bund position from a place called Landbouver Farm - also spelled Lanbouver Farm

Can't find that on the maps either...

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According to the war diary of 15th FA (AIF) when they were there in November 1917:

"1 NCO and 4 men will proceed from LURGAN CAMP (M.35.b.8.9.) at 9am on 15/11/17 to LANBOUVER FARM (G.21.b.2.5.) to act as a loading party...." (etc)...

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Indeed....

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Oh well done. It's quite a way, isn't it?

Now this reminds me of something my Nan told me years ago about a relative of hers who was "shot by a sniper at Poperinghe". Frank was her half-brother, so I wonder if this was who she was talking about?

It seems a very long way from the front line to catch a bullet though

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And from the Canada archives, a view of Ypres from the Bund dugout

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Two and a bit years later and I think I have found it.

Located exactly where the map says, on the opposite side of the Zillebeke reservoir bund.  Big blocks of old, broken up concrete half buried in the earth.

You can see them here.

The site is directly next to a stream which runs out of the reservoir.

bund2.jpg

and this is the view towards Ypres

BUND.jpg

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