Now a pedestrian crossing in Zillebeke Street, in March 1917 Hellblast Corner was a place to be avoided if at all possible, for it was frequently under enemy fire. In Edmund Blunden’s time a short ditch ran from here into Zillebeke Churchyard by "a small stream which murmured over pots and pans, as having no reason to change its habits because of a dull war". Ruined houses nearby were used by headquarters officers of various regiments in the line.

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