THE GREAT WAR 1914 – 1918
The Battle of Passchendaele – The Battle of Mud
July 31st 1917 to 10th November 1917
These poppies at the front of Wesley, made by the young people of the church are to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.
Fought between July and November 1917, Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres, remains one of the most notorious battles of the First World War. In three-and-a-half months of fighting, an advance of less than five miles saw an estimated 550,000 Allied and German troops killed, wounded or lost.
Around 90,000 British and Commonwealth soldiers were missing; 50,000 buried without being identified, and 42,000 never recovered from the Belgian fields of Flanders that turned into an ocean of mud.
The 100th anniversary of Passchendaele provides an opportunity to view WW1 in a new way and commemorate the Service and sacrifice of those who lost their lives.
We will remember them.