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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?

The Battle of Passchendaele 1917 was one of the biggest and bloodiest encounters of the Great War. In a few months of heavy fighting approximately 245,000 British, Australians, Canadians, New Zealanders and South Africans and 215,000 Germans were put out of action to gain just five miles.

In Passchendaele, the back walls of CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery contain the names of 35,000 men missing in action, a continuation of the Menin Gate in Ypres who commemorates another 55,000  soldiers whose bodies are missing. Approximately half of those men lie unidentified but in graves with the inscription ‘A Soldier of the Great War’. The others remain unrecovered, still buried somewhere in Flanders Fields … After the First World War there were about 120 German military cemeteries in the area. In the 1950’s these were brought together at four major German cemeteries: Langemark, Vladslo, Menen and Hooglede. But still, many German men don’t have a final resting place as well.

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 is, one can only find a name there, with the scantiest of details. ‘The Passchendaele Archives’ intends to put a face and a story to those names by building up personal archives with photographs, family and military information. To be part of the Passchendaele Archives project, a file will only be started if a photograph is available and if he fell during the Battle of Passchendaele, from 12 July till 15 November 1917. Nonetheless you can always contact us for more information about relatives without a photograph or who fell in this area outside these dates.

We need your help!!

Did your relative give his life in the Battle of Passchendaele 1917? Please contact us by sending us a filled in copy of the questionnaire.

In return for your cooperation we will try to find out what exactly happened to your relative. You will receive a map with the approximate place where he was killed or mortally wounded. With this comes a short report based on the war diaries of his unit. Donations of original items for the museum or the Tyne Cot Visitor Centre are of course always gratefully received. 

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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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