There are lots of ways you can get involved in commemorating the Centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.
On Social media
Research and share your First World War personal stories and messages of remembrance alongside the #Passchendaele100 hashtag on Facebook and Twitter.
Descendants of those who fought have already shared the poignant stories and keepsakes that have been passed down through their families. Watch Kathleen, Bill, Malcolm and Mary introduce their stories:
Discover your Passchendaele history
Use these websites to find out more about those that served during the Third Battle of Ypres and discover your own family connections:
- ‘Lives of the First World War’: is IWM’s digital memorial to all those who served in the First World War for Britain and the Commonwealth. Discover more about the men and women who took part in Passchendaele and find out about your own First World War ancestry.
- Every Man Remembered: by the Royal British Legion in partnership with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission aims to commemorate over 1 million Commonwealth Service men and women killed during the First World War. Create a dedication to one of them, place a poppy in their memory and search for a relative or someone from your local area to commemorate.
- The Names List is an inclusive register composed by the In Flanders Fields Museum of all WWI victims on Belgian soil including civilians and soldiers of any origin. Entering your family name lets you search for relatives who are commemorated in Flanders Fields.
- The Commonwealth War Graves Commission casualty database lists the names and place of commemoration of the 1.7 million men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died during the two world wars.
- The Passchendaele Archives intends to put a face and a story to those who served by building up personal archives with photographs, family and military information.
- Discover more about the National Archives‘ First World War programme and discover personal histories in its vast archives.
Centenary of Passchendaele at the National Memorial Arboretum
In addition to the events in Ypres, there will also be a commemorative service taking place on 31 July at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire. Supported by The Royal British Legion, the event is free to attend and you can find out more details on the National Memorial Arboretum website.
Information about other events, exhibitions and programmes taking place over the course of the centenary, in the UK and elsewhere, can also be found on the Imperial War Museum’s Centenary Partnership events website.
Planning a visit at another time?
If you are not able to visit the region on 30 and 31 July you may find these sites below helpful to plan a visit at another time:
- Information about the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and details of their many sites in Flanders, at Tyne Cot, the Menin Gate Memorial and elsewhere, can be found on the CWGC website.
- See details of the nightly event organised by the Last Post Association at the CWGC Menin Gate, and how you can participate in the daily act of Remembrance, on the Last Post Association website.
- Discover more about visiting Zonnebeke and the Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917.
- Information about visiting Ieper, as well as details of the In Flanders Fields Museum, can be found on the Tourism Ieper website.