Passchendaele 100


HRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge joined The King and Queen of Belgium and other dignitaries for the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres on Sunday 30th July 2017 to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele .

Prince William and the King of Belgium

Prince William and the King of Belgium at the Menin Gate

 

The Battle of Passchendaele,  the Third Battle of Ypres was a major engagement in the First World War,  that began on 31 July 1917 and claimed the lives of around 275,000 British and Commonwealth military personnel and around 200,000 German lives.

Politicians joined the Royal Guests

Politicians including the Prime Minster and Defence Secretary joined the Royal Guests

 

The Menin Gate bears the names of more than 54,000 officers and men whose graves are not known and is one of four memorials in the area known as the Ypres Salient in Belgian Flanders.

The Ypres Salient stretched from Langemarck in the north to the northern edge in Ploegsteert Wood in the south, but it varied in area and shape throughout the war.

 

Piper plays the Last Post at the centenary ceremony

Irish Guards Pipe Major playing in the ramparts of the Menin Gate at the Last Post ceremony

 

Every evening at exactly 8 ‘o’clock, at the Menin Gate, buglers play The Last Post in a simple, but moving tribute to the memory of the soldiers who fought and died here so many years ago .

 

Poppies fall from the roof of the Menin Gate to mark the fallen

 

After the Last Post ceremony at Menin Gate, which has happened for over 90 years, a Sunset Ceremony took place at the Cloth Hall, Ypres .

The Cloth Hall in the Market Square provided the backdrop to an evening of storytelling and music about the experience of soldiers during four years of war on the Ypres Salient.

Light Show projected onto the Walls of the Cloth Hall in Ypres

 

Music, readings and stirring music were added to the traditional Last Post Ceremony.

Band of The Royal Marines

 

Irish Guards march through the Menin Gate, following in the footsteps of the troops who would have marched passed that spot on their way to the front.

 

Photographers: Sgt Ross Tilly and PO Phot Owen Cooban
Images:© UK MoD Crown Copyright  2017

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