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Passchendaele - 3rd Battle of Ypres

Sunday 30th July 2017

Tomorrow, the 31st July will be the 100th Anniversary of Passchendaele 3rd Battle of Ypres (31st July to 10th November 1917) and today FoSOC had a special guided walk in the old cemetery to mark this occasion, which was led by David Palmer. A crowd of 28 persons attended in what turned out to be a warm sunny afternoon this also included some members of FoSOC and they were show a total of 18 graves. David Palmer spoke about the servicemen who fought and died in Passchendaele and those who survived but died in other battles abroad or nearer home during WW1. They included; 2nd Lieutenant William George Earl Wiltshire of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Wiltshire Regiment who saw action in Passchendaele but was killed during an intense enemy bombardment in the trenches in March 1918. Private Henry Victor Dale of the 1st Middlesex Duke of Cambridge’s Own who died during the battle in Ypres 26th Sept 1917, Lieutenant Eric Stuart Livock of the Royal Flying Corps, whose plane was hit and crashed in Passchendaele 7th November 1917 and Private Eric Charlton Newman (brother Maude Newman -Titanic) of the 3rd Battalion Hampshire Regiment killed in action 23rd Sept 1917, Ypres. At the end of the walk there was a small ceremony at the Cross of Sacrifice where the FoSOC Chairman William Ferguson laid a wreath. Many thanks to David Palmer and all who took part in today’s walk and ceremony.