Memorials upgraded as PM joins events in Belgium to commemorate Passchendaele

Calvin Saunders
August 2, 2017

Politicians and royalty joined relatives of the dead for the centenary of the 103-day battle in western Belgium in which more than half a million Allied and German troops were killed or wounded.

THE fallen soldiers who fought in one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War have been remembered, 100 years after the start of the conflict.

Prince William stood with Belgium's King Philippe during a ceremony honoring the dead.

Monday's commemoration centres on the Tyne Cot cemetery near Ypres in Belgium, the largest Commonwealth burial ground in the world with 11,971 servicemen buried or remembered there - with 8,373 of them identified. A ritual that takes place daily (!) to 20 hours, in the presence every evening of several hundred people gathered in recognition of the sacrifice of british soldiers during the Great War.

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Wreath laying ceremony - Wreaths to be laid by The Sherriff of Lincoln representing the City Council, The President of the City of Lincoln Branch of the Royal British Legion, 158 Sqn RLC, The Royal Naval Association, Lincolnshire Ex Services Association, Lincolnshire Army Cadet Force.

Prince William paid tribute on Sunday at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres to those "who sacrificed everything for the lives we live today".

Prince William, duke of Cambridge, and Kate Middleton, duchess of Cambridge, visited the military cemetery Bedford House near Ypres in Belgium on 31 July 2017, the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.

Known also as the Third Battle of Ypres, it is not only notorious for the number of casualties. In 1938 he wrote in his memoirs that " No soldier of any intelligence now defends this senseless campaign".

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