Poperinge Town Hall Death Cell, Poperinge

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  • The death cells and also the courtyard of the Town Hall in Poperinge is a depressing testament to the cruelty of war and also the Bedenkenlosigkeit of the commanders to their subordinates. Death row the condemned spent their last night before summarily death, sedated often with alcohol or drugs. Yet the grafitti of the soldiers can be seen on the cell walls. In the courtyard for several years, a symbolic pile of shooting faces a sandbag wall, the whole thing is a Memorial. Before even an authentic pile was in this courtyard, (a Chinese worker, 1919 convicted of murder) died in the execution of the last person sentenced to the usage. Especially oppressive is the whole scene, if you know the individual fates of the shot, is the execution of Herbert Morris, a young soldier from the Caribbean, who was sentenced to death for desertion a very moving example. "Shell shock" was a symptom of the unknown, field marshal Haig believed in the deterrent effect of the death penalty and even the age of the delinquent (17 years, he would have may not even be here!) played no role. I have searched many times this place with various visitors, in particular the visit with students of the same age as Herbert Morris was always very moving.
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  • Part of any WW1 tour should include this to illustrate te changing times we live in and for the poor unfortunates that we're victims of a society that could not appreciate the cause of shell shock  more »
  • The renovated town hall of Poperinge shows two more prison cells from 1913 and on the courtyard you will find a copy of an execution pole at the soldiers who were executed by fire platoons. In the cells were soldiers imprisoned that were punished because of disobedience, drunkenness etc. Soldiers who were accused of desertion brought there by their final hours. Their execution happened in the courtyard ... at dawn (' shot at dawn '. Young soldiers (including Ibert Botfield, William Simmonds, Eric Poole and Herbert Morris) were executed after they were convicted by the court martial ... today we know that they probably suffered from shell shock ... They are buried in Poperinghe New Military Cemetery. Really rehabilitation only decades later ... The execution place is tastefully decorated with a concrete and symbolic bench seat, a wall with references to sandbags and a poem by Erwin Mortier and printing of bird feet which refer to the fragility of the human ... The site is accessible free of charge ... Not a big detour worth but nice to of visiting lijssenthoek and/or the Talbot House.
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