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Passchendaele Archives

Do you have more information about someone who fought during the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917? Did he gave his life?

'Passchendaele’ was not only an episode in the history of the First World War. It became a concept, an international symbol for the violence of war in its most horrific form. During the Third Battle of Ypres in 1917, better known as the Battle of Passchendaele, approximately 600.000 soldiers perished for a territorial gain of barely eight kilometers. These men, from the far corners of the world, are all commemorated in one of the many cemeteries or monuments scattered among Flanders Fields.

Passchendaele Archives

No matter how impressive a visit to CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery, the German cemetery in Langemark or one of the many other cemeteries and memorials might be, most of the time one must merely do with a name. With ‘The Passchendaele Archives’ the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917 aims at adding a face and a story to those names. Not only missing data are supplied but the memory of the fallen heroes is kept alive.

Via an online database https://archives.passchendaele.be the files can be consulted. Next to personal and military details, the fatal actions are pointed out on a map. In this way those with no known grave receive a last resting place in Flanders Fields.

We need your help!!

Did your relative fight in Passchendaele 1917? Did he lose his life? Please contact us via archives@passchendaele.be or by sending us a filled in copy of the questionnaire. In return for your cooperation, we’ll try to find out what exactly happened on that fatal day. Besides receiving a short report, you’ll also be offered a contemporary  map with the location where your relative lost his life or was fatally injured. 

Donations of original items or photographs to the museum or the Tyne Cot Visitor Center are, of course, always very welcomed.

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Explore our database or find out if your relative is already part of our Passchendaele Archives: 

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Passchendaele Research Center

Ieperstraat 1
B-8980 Zonnebeke
T 051 77 04 41
archives@passchendaele.be

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