Passchendaele

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Passchendaele

(ˈpæʃənˌdeɪl)
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(Placename) a village in NW Belgium, in West Flanders province: the scene of heavy fighting during the third battle of Ypres in World War I during which 245 000 British troops were lost
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1918 : The desperately anxious mother of a Huddersfield soldier missing in action during the Battle of Passchendaele appealed for any information about him.
Soldiers during World War I's battle of Passchendaele
Earlier this year I joined the centenary commemorations for the Battle of Passchendaele.
It was the home of Ellis Humphrey Evans, bardic name Hedd Wyn, who won the chair at the 1917 National Eisteddfod five weeks after his death during the Battle of Passchendaele in Flanders.
Ten students who won a World War I Battle of Passchendaele competition have travelled to Belgium and experienced the sites at which defining moments in New Zealands history took place 100 years ago.
In northern France on Friday, representatives of Britain, France, Belgium, Canada, Australia and New Zealand marked the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele, which left some 500,000 Allied and German soldiers dead or injured.
Alexandra said: "In July 1917, the Guards Division prepared to take part in the opening throes of the battle of Passchendaele on the northern fringes of Gough's force, next to the French.
This has included children from local schools taking part in an art competition to commemorate the Somme and a poetry competition to mark the Battle of Passchendaele.
William said: "All told, the Battle of Passchendaele would claim close to two thousand [Kiwi] lives, a devastating toll for a country with a population of just over a million.
We are also proud to be hosting A Festival of Remembrance concert in November, commemorating the Battle of Passchendaele and staged in memory of former Royal Marine Jesse Owen, who was a leading light and inspiration in the staging of this series of concerts.
T HAS been a week of commemorations as the world marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Passchendaele.
CONGRATULATIONS to the BBC for their coverage of the commemorations to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele from Flanders in Belgium.