Passchendaele

Every Man Remembered

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The Royal British Legion, a welfare agency for all British Armed Forces, operates a memorial website titled Every Man Remembered which has the daunting mission of keeping alive the memory of every soldier that fell in the First World War, and inviting the public to register a virtual ‘poppy’ as a commemoration for every grave.

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Registering a commemoration for David Dowsett who was killed in the Battle of Passchendaele, during the Third Battle for Ypres on 8 August 1917 Age 36.

The information on casualties from the First World War has been supplied by The Commonwealth War Graves Commission which was established by Royal Charter in 1917 and maintains the graves and memorials of the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth Service nations who died during both world wars at 23,000 locations in 153 countries.

“Disability, homelessness, bereaved and desperate families, poverty – these were typical issues in Britain after the First World War. Today, The Royal British Legion resolves similar issues – providing practical and immediate support to injured veterans and bereaved families, helping people into jobs, into homes and offering them hope for the future. The Legion is committed to helping those who serve with the British Armed Forces today as well as those who have served in the past, now and for as long as they need us, whether that is for a few weeks or for many years.”

Lest we forget.

 

Battle of Passchendaele

Third Battle of Ypres July-November 1917

In this photograph five Australian soldiers, members of a field artillery brigade, march along a duckboard track over mud and water amongst gaunt bare tree trunks in the devastated Chateau Wood, a portion of one of the battlegrounds in the Ypres salient.  We are looking from the devastated castle park, belonging to Château de Hooge at Ypres, where the frontline with trenches moved back and forth many times from 1914-1918. The castle was heavily shelled on the 31st of October 1914, killing the staff of the three British divisions using it as headquarters and subsequently the ruins were conquered several times by each side. Hooge is now a memorial site.

Photo by Frank Hurley.