T.H.Rafferty and comrades photo taken by Bairnsfather 001

Bairnsfather’s photo of Thomas and lads in trench WW1

This photograph was taken by Captain Bruce Bairnsfather of the lads in a trench. Thomas Henry Rafferty is the soldier on the right. Taken in Plugstreet wood . 1914.


The name of the small village, and of the nearby wood, is actually Ploegsteert, but to those who served here during the Great War it became known as “Plugstreet”. The village is at the very south of the area associated with Ypres; in fact it is not regarded as part of the ‘Ypres Salient’ by many. It is only about two miles north of Armenitieres, close to the French border and eight miles south of Ypres.