During the Battle of Passchendaele, an estimated 245,000 allied and 215,000 German casualties (dead, wounded or missing) fell after approximately 100 days of heavy fighting for a movement of the front line of only 8 kilometres .
On 30 and 31 July, the UK Government in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the city of Ypres, the Municipality of Zonnebeke and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 will mark the centenary of Passchendaele, the Third Battle of Ypres. The official commemoration begins on the eve of 30 July with a traditional Last Post Ceremony at the CWGC Menin Gate, followed by a special live performance in Ypres Market Square. On 31 July there will be service of commemoration set amongst the graves and names at the CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery. The UK Government is organising a public ballot to allocate 4,000 tickets in pairs, free of charge for descendants to attend the commemorative event at CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery on 31 July: www.passchendaele100.org.
The MMP 1917 offers an alternative programme for those who can’t get a ticket. A guided Dawn Walk (8 or 12 kilometres) takes you to the Zonnebeke chateau grounds with a free visit to the MMP1917 afterwards. At noon people can enjoy a Victorian picnic whilst watching the ceremony on CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery on a big screen. All information and registration: www.passchendaele.be/tickets.
Tyne Cot Cemetery