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THE PASSCHENDAELE ARCHIVES

Passchendaele 1917 was one of the great conflicts of the First World War. Hundred days of heavy fighting resulted in over half a million Allied casualties for but a gain of only a few miles. The dead comprised mainly British, Australian, Canadian, New Zealand and South African troops.

A visit to a military cemetery is always an inspiring and emotional experience but the fact remains that the dead and missing have only headstones and memorials wereon they are remembered. In the Museum we have created a living memorial where we are endeavouring to put faces and stories to the names of the dead and missing by building a personal record with photographs, family documentation and information from military sources.

To avoid a duplication of the excellent database of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission we will only create a file if a photograph is available and only if the man concerned lost his life between 12th, July and 15th, November, 1917.

AIMS
1.
to build a personal archive of thousands of files which may be researched at the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917.
2.
to create a database with the extracts of all files and extensive research facilities to provide for example the exact location of death on trench maps.
3.
to select records of 100 men to be stored at the new Visitors Centre shortly to erected near Tyne Cot Cemetery; one for each day of the battle.
4.
the composition of a book on Passchendaele 1917 based upon the stories of the fallen.


WE NEED YOUR HELP
Did a relative of yours fight in Passchendaele 1917? Did he give his life? If you have a photograph, letters, personal papers and reminiscences of family members, please contact us.
Note that we do not desire any original, a good copy is sufficient. If you are not able to copy or scan your possessions at high resolution we are most willing to undertake the the task for you.
Donations of original items for the museum are of course always gratefully received.

In return for your cooperation we will try to find out what exactly happened to your relative. You will receive a copy of a trench map with the approximate place where he was killed or martally wounded. With this comes a short report based on the war diaries of his unit.

The Passchendaele Archives is a project of the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917. It started in 2005 and will continue till 2007.

for more info: archives@passchendaele.be

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Roll of honour

This is a list of names of men already in our database. If you have more information of them, please contact The Passchendaele Archives

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