'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 a few kilometers.
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 Passchendaele Museum aims at adding a face and a story to those names.
Do you have more information about someone who died during the Battle of Passendaele in 1917? The museum will be looking forward to help you:
In return for your cooperation, we’ll try to find out what exactly happened on that fatal day. The file will take shape according to photographs, family-related and military information. In doing so, a brief report based on war diaries and regimental histories will be added. Moreover, via the geoportal you will see where your relative lost his life or was fatally injured. Henceforth, he will get a tangible place in the landscape. Donations of original items or photographs to the museum are, of course, always very welcomed.
The online database is operational since 2017 and is still a work in progress. All files started between 2005 and 2016 are added with basis information. The files will be completed in a second phase. New files will be completely entered.