Battle or Action:

The Battles of Ypres 1917 (Third Ypres, or Passchendaele)

  Detail :

 31 July - 10 November 1917. By the summer of 1917 the British Army was able for the first time to fight on its chosen ground on its terms. Having secured the southern ridges of Ypres at Messines in June, the main attack started on 31st July 1917 accompanied by what seemed like incessant heavy rain, which coupled with the artillery barrages conspired to turn much of the battlefield into a bog. Initial failure prompted changes in the high command and a strategy evolved to take the ring of ridges running across the Ypres salient in a series of 'bite and hold' operations, finally culminating in the capture of the most easterly ridge on which sat the infamous village of Passchendaele. The Official History carries the footnote ?The clerk power to investigate the exact losses was not available? but estimates of British casualties range from the official figure of 244,000 to almost 400,000. Within five months the Germans pushed the British back to the starting line, which was where they had been since May 1915.

 Rank Initials Surname Died Lodge
 2Lt C. THORNE MC 30-09-1916 Isaac Newton University No. 859
 Sgt. F.H. THORNTON 09-07-1917 Lodge of Loyalty No. 86
 2Lt S.J. LEETE 28-07-1917 Cornish No. 2369
 Pte. G. DAVIES 29-07-1917 Albany No. 389
 Capt. C.L. AWBERY MC 31-07-1917 Haberdashers' Aske's No. 3362
 Sgt. W.J.V. BERRY 31-07-1917 Wellington No. 1521
 Capt. R.P. DANIEL[S] 31-07-1917 Lodge of Tudno No. 755
 Capt. H.S. DUDER 31-07-1917 Imperial Sefton No. 680
Liverpool Castle No. 3373
 Lt. B. HOLLIS 31-07-1917 Priory No. 1863
 Capt. F.C. JONAS 31-07-1917 Triune Brotherhood No. 2121
Walden No. 1280
 Lt. R.N. JONES 31-07-1917 Hicks Beach No. 2407
Lodge of Perseverance No. 455
 Pte. G.H. LAMBERT 31-07-1917 Edward VII No. 3148
 Maj. H. LEECH 31-07-1917 St Michael's Temperance No. 3401
Temperance No. 2714
 Lt. C.A.E. MAHOMED 31-07-1917 Acacia No. 3314
 Cpl. J. McQUAIR 31-07-1917 Hamer No. 1393
 Lt.Col. F. PAGE DSO 31-07-1917 Hertford No. 403
 Pte. E.A. WILLIAMSON MM 31-07-1917 Constitution No. 3392
 Bdr. A.J. WINGELL 31-07-1917 Upper Norwood No. 1586
 2Lt H.W. COSTIN 01-08-1917 An Irish Lodge No. 0
Royal Military No. 1449
 Lt. E.B. DAVIS 01-08-1917 Saint John's No. 167
 Capt. J.H. JOSEPH 01-08-1917 Downshire No. 594
 SSgt H.H. HILL 02-08-1917 Royal Standard No. 398
 Lt. A.B. JARVIS 03-08-1917 Hillingdon No. 3174
 Capt. A.O. SHERREN 03-08-1917 Corinthian No. 1208
 2Lt D.B. McNICOL 04-08-1917 Northern Light No. 1878
 Maj. G.B. STRATTON 10-08-1917 Lodge St Michael No. 2933
Negri Sembilan No. 3552
Royal Prince of Wales No. 1555
St. George No. 1152
 Lt.Col. E.A.B. ALSTON 11-08-1917 Aldershot Army and Navy No. 1971
Comrades Lodge No. 2976
St. John & St. Paul No. 349
 W.O.1 (RSM) R. SUCKLING 11-08-1917 St Bede No. 1119
 Cpl. R. HORSFALL DCM 12-08-1917 Arlecdon No. 1660
 Lt. P.B. MCNALLY 13-08-1917 Canada No. 3527

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