Service marks 100 years since Passchendaele

By The Post in Local People

TO commemorate 100 years since the Battle of Passchendaele, a short service of remembrance was held at Launceston War Memorial on July 31.

The Battle of Passchendaele was fought between the Allies and the German Empire and was a very costly battle in 1917.

The British lost 310,000 men and the Germans 260,000 in the battle. It is remembered as one of the harshest battles of the war, with heavy rain contributing to the Allies gaining only five miles of ground in three months, and was afterwards referred to as the Battle of Mud.

Following a short service, a number of wreaths were laid on the memorial and the names of the local men whose lives were lost during the battle were read out.

They were: Charles Bickle, died of wounds on September 11, 1917; George Brendon, Menin Gate, who died on July 31, 1917; Cecil Coombe, Menin Gate, died July 31, 1917; Robert Maddaver, died of wounds on September 10, 1917; William Owen, died of wounds August 12, 1917 and Harold Raymond, died on August 23, 1917, buried at Ypres.

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