During the various battles of the Ypres Salient in WWI, were the trenches making up the salient occupied year-round? Meaning, were they occupied for the entire time after the 1st battle up to the 2nd, etc?I'm going to assume the answer is a 'yes,' but I just want to make sure, and Google isn't really giving me anything. I want my characters to be living in the trench, but the story isn't going to take place during the heat of battle, at least not the heat of battle there. One is dying of pneumonia and the other is healthy. Both characters are British.
Where/When: England (and France) in 1913
Googled: "uk train routes history 1913", "trainspotting early 20th century", "trainspotting forums uk", "bradshaw train schedule 1913" and a bunch of other permutations.
I'm thinking of writing a story wherein a young couple decides to travel from the West Midlands to Paris for a honeymoon, and I'd like to find out as much as possible about what their trip might be like.
They'd be leaving from a small village in Herefordshire, and doing so impulsively, maybe late at night. I initially wondered how often trains would be running out of their tiny town, if one would be hard to get or if they'd have to wait till morning. A source I have says "The earliest trains were very early - milk trains to get milk into towns in time to be sold in the morning. I think they were something like 5 am. I have a feeling the 'Parliamentary Trains' were still running; trains with very cheap fares but at very unpopular times for travelling, like the small hours of the morning." If anyone can confirm or deny that, I'm all ears.
The next legs of the trip seem like they might be something like Hereford --> London --> Dover --> boat to Calais --> train to Paris. If that is indeed the likely arrangement, I was wondering things like
The more details I have, the more scenarios and plot possibilities will suggest themselves to me. In theory. Also, I'm a Yank whose experience in England has been limited to London and Stonehenge, so don't worry about over-explaining. You probably can't.