Remembrance service to be held in Lincoln for WW1 Battle of Passchendaele

02 August, 2017, 00:24 | Author: Warren Cooper
  • The War Memorial in Westfield Memorial Village Lancaster

At the service, Prince Charles honoured the "courage and bravery" of those killed and said the gathering was "to promise we will never forget".

Almost 4,000 relatives of the soldiers attended the ceremony at Tyne Cot cemetery in Ypres, Belgium, today alongside British Prime Minister Theresa May and Prince William and wife Kate.

"Members of our families; our regiments; our nations; all sacrificed everything for the lives we live today".

Prime Minister Theresa May was one of a select few who laid a wreath and paid her respects to the fallen under the Menin Gate last night. 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.

World War I, a battle between rival powers in Europe, is being commemorated throughout this four-year centenary period.

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The result of this first fort, a reception was held, during which the duke and duchess of Cambridge have met the families of former soldiers who fought at Ypres during the First world War.

They will hear the Last Post, which has been played at the gate by a bugler nearly every evening since 1928.

The 9th and 15th Scottish Divisions and the 51st Highland Division were deployed for the operation, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, along with many expat comrades in Scottish battalions from Canada, England and South Africa.

More than 100 days of fighting in the summer and autumn of 1917, starting on 31 July, left more than half a million men dead or injured on both sides. In 1938 he wrote in his memoirs that " No soldier of any intelligence now defends this senseless campaign".

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