Tributes paid to war dead to mark 100 years

More than half-a-million troops - 325,000 Allied troops and 260,000 Germans - died in the battle, officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres, in the West Flanders region of northern Belgium in 1917.

THE fallen soldiers who fought in one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War have been remembered, 100 years after the start of the conflict.

The duke and duchess of Cambridge have taken part in Belgium for the commemorations on two days of the anniversary of the bad battle of Passchendaele.


Britain's royals are scheduled to join Belgium's King Philippe and Queen Mathilde on Sunday for a ceremony at the Menin Gate in Ypres, which is etched with the names of thousands of missing soldiers.

At the service, Prince Charles honoured the "courage and bravery" of those killed and said the gathering was "to promise we will never forget". The Menin Gate has on it the names of the 54,391 British dead with no known grave.

Four thousand people were chosen by a ballot to attend events in Ypres yesterday and the larger event - centred on nearby Tyne Cot military cemetery - which will take place today.


At the Menin Gate, Prince William said: "Members of our families; our regiments; our nations; all sacrificed everything for the lives we live today".

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.

Monday's poignant Last Post was the 30,752nd time it has been played in Ypres since 1928. The duchess Catherine, who had opted for outfits clear the two days, as to bring light into these black memories, has laid a wreath.



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