Whilst it is popularly thought that British troops going up to the line left via the Menin Gate, a greater number marched through the Lille Gate as it was less exposed to enemy fire, although casualties in this street were far from unknown. The ramparts housed numerous chambers, some of which were used as stores, whilst others became administrative headquarters. In 1917 Edmund Blunden, temporarily seconded from the 11th Royal Sussex, reported to his Brigade Commander who occupied one of these offices in the Lille Gate ramparts.

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