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
 Lt. R.G. HILL MC 11-10-1917 Purley No. 3136
 W.O.1 (RSM) M.J. PAYNE MM 11-10-1917 Adam's No. 158
 Lt. C.S. BEACHCROFT 12-10-1917 Charterhouse Deo Dante Dedi No. 2885
 Lt. W.H. BUNCOMBE 12-10-1917 British No. 3487
 Pte. H. CHRISTMAS 12-10-1917 King Henry the Eighth No. 1757
 Capt. J.N.F. PIXLEY 12-10-1917 Apollo University No. 357
 Rfn. E.G. PREEN 12-10-1917 St. John No. 1137
 Pte. J.J. TOWNSON 12-10-1917 Charleville No. 2393
 2Lt H.R.M. GROVES 14-10-1917 Lodge of Humility with Fortitude No. 229
 Pte. F.W. VALSLER 16-10-1917 Gundulph No. 1050
 Capt. F.C. DAVIES 17-10-1917 Lodge Che!re Reine No. 2853
 Pte. A.C. HUNT 17-10-1917 Clausentum No. 1461
 Pte. R.E. PARSONS 18-10-1917 Outeniqua No. 3125
 Gnr. A.J. PURNELL 18-10-1917 Friars No. 1349
 Gnr. J.W. DOXFORD 22-10-1917 Williamson No. 949
 Pte. W.H. NANKERVIS MM 22-10-1917 Eden No. 1530
 Capt. G.E. SIMPSON 22-10-1917 Liverpool No. 1547
 Cpl. L.V. ROOTS 23-10-1917 Kinta No. 3212
 Lt.Col. P.W. BERESFORD DSO 26-10-1917 Apollo University No. 357
Boscombe No. 2158
St Mary Magdalen No. 1523
 Lt. F.L.H. JACKSON 26-10-1917 Rutland No. 1179
 2Lt H.G. LANGTON 26-10-1917 Gordon Langton No. 3069
 Lt. J. MOORE 26-10-1917 Earl of Durham No. 1274
 Lt. J.B.K. PREEDY 26-10-1917 University of London No. 2033
 Capt. G.W. PRESS 26-10-1917 Military Jubilee No. 2195
 Lt. R.S. PULLEN 26-10-1917 Saint Bartholomew No. 696
 Pte. H.T. SHURMUR [SHURMER] 26-10-1917 Shurmur No. 2374
 2Lt G.D. WALLACE 26-10-1917 Palatine No. 2447
 Sub. Lt. W.E. JEHRING 28-10-1917 Caxton No. 1853
 2Lt W.J. WYATT 29-10-1917 Lodge of Three Grand Principles No. 441
 Pte. J.H. BENBOW 30-10-1917 West Norwood No. 3598

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