Battle of Passchendaele Commemoration Service

Published: 06 July 2017

The Battle of Passchendaele (Third Battle of Ypres) was fought in the West Flanders region of Northern Belgium between 31st July and 6 November 1917.  Heavy shelling and poor weather conditions in the area created a boggy quagmire of thick mud rendering some weapons inoperable, with the mud in some places eventually becoming so thick that men, horses and mules drowned in it.  The Battle came to an end on the 6 November 1917 following the allied capture of the village of Passchendaele, only five miles from the start of the offensive.  It is reported that there were 500,000 casualties.