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Passchendaele: Ceremony rewards ‘bravery’ – BBC News

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The “courage and bravery” of those who engaged in one of the bloodiest engagements of World War One has been remembered, 100 times after it began.

Prince Charles, Prince William and Prime Minister Theresa May were among those who paid tribute to soldiers who opposed at Passchendaele, in Belgium.

Some 4,000 relatives attended the ceremony at Tyne Cot cemetery, Ypres.

In the three months of fighting, half a million Allied and German soldiers were killed, wounded or went missing.

Prince Charles addressed the service, saying: “We remember it not only for the rain that descended, the dirt that weighed down the life and immersed the dead, but also for the mettle and courage of those individuals who opposed here.”

The conflict – officially known as the Third Battle of Ypres – was opposed from 31 July 1917 until November that year.

‘Hugely moving’

It was not only infamous for the number of casualties but the clay. Many submerge in the dense moras, can be attributed to weeks of unrelenting rain.

In representations: Passchendaele ceremony ‘I was mentioned after a World War One battle’ The storeys behind the refers on village representatives monumental Relatives recollect Passchendaele on social media Image caption Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prime Minister Theresa May were among those to pay tribute with King Philippe of Belgium and Queen Mathilde of Belgium Image caption The Duchess of Cambridge laid flowers at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier during the ceremony Media captionPoignant details about those who died in the Passchendaele battle are read aloud Image caption King Philippe of Belgium and Prince Charles too laid floral eulogies Passchendaele’s incalculable army of wet-nurses Ypres lighters up to remember dark past BBC iWonder – How did Harry Patch become an unlikely WW1 hero ? Image caption Some stopped to take photos of the gravestones ‘It’s devastating to take in how much they gave’ Image caption Members of the Queen’s Guard marched in the cemetery among the descended Media captionDame Helen Mirren chronicled as a impressive light-colored showing recognized the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele Image caption The calls of soldiers whose persists were never experienced are etched at Menin Gate in Ypres Media captionThe Last Post has been played at the Menin Gate almost every evening since 1928

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