To commemorate the Centenary of Passchendaele – The Third Battle of Ypres, the UK Government is hosting an event at the CWGC Tyne Cot Cemetery on 31 July 2017. Due to the limited space at the Cemetery, this will be a ticketed event.
Tyne Cot Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in the world in terms of burials. There are 11,961 Commonwealth servicemen buried there, of whom more than 8,300 remain unidentified. The site also contains the Tyne Cot Memorial, which commemorates nearly 35,000 servicemen from the United Kingdom and New Zealand who died on the Ypres Salient after 16 August 1917 and whose graves are not known.
Descendants of those who fought in the battle, and those with a personal connection were invited to apply for tickets through the public ballot, which opened on 3 January 2017 and closed on 24 February 2017.
Tickets to the event will be distributed via a random ballot. Entry to the ballot is now closed, and applicants were informed of the outcome by 10 March 2017.
There will also be a waiting list created, for those applicants that are not successful in the ballot but still wish to be considered for any returned tickets.
Information concerning travel and transport, what guests should and should not bring, and other information, will also be available to those who are successful in the ballot.
Facilities will be in place to allow guests with disabilities to attend, and further information regarding these facilities will be supplied directly to guests along with full joining instructions.
3 January 2017 – ballot opened
24 February 2017 – ballot closed
10 March 2017 – all applicants notified of ballot results
March – May 2017 – reallocation of any returned tickets to Waiting List
May 2017 – Deadline for any changes to guest travel information.
Early July – tickets issued to attendees
31 July 2017 – the event