On Monday 31 July a commemorative service will be held at the Arboretum to commemorate the Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele (The Third Battle of Ypres).
Join us for this special service which will include acts of Remembrance, poetry, readings and a musical accompaniment provided by a military band. Following the Arboretum service, a broadcast of the Government service of Remembrance at The Tyne Cot Memorial will be relayed onto a large screen in Heroes' Square.
The Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres) was fought in the West Flanders Region of Northern Belgium between the 31 July and 6 November 1917. Heavy shelling and poor weather conditions in the area created a boggy quagmire of thick mud rendering some weapons inoperable, with the mud, in some places, eventually becoming so thick that men, horses and mules drowned in it. The Battle came to an end on the 6 November 1917 following the allied capture of the village of Passchendaele, only five miles from the start of the offensive. It is reported that there were 500,000 casualties.
The Tyne Cot Cemetery, where a service will be held by the Government to mark the Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world. Nearly 12,000 Commonwealth servicemen of World War I are buried there. The Tyne Cot Memorial, also located at the Cemetery, commemorates nearly 35,000 British and New Zealand soldiers who died in the Ypres Salient after August 1917.