The name Passendale is indelibly etched on the collective consciousness of Great-Britain and her Commonwealth. During the Third Battle of Ieper (1917) the British Army lost nearly 300.000 men to capture this ruined village ‘Passion Dale’ – the valley of suffering. The cost in human life to achieve this ‘victory’ is all too evident in Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest British war cemetery on mainland Europe.
Originally, ‘Tyne Cot’ was a strong point in the German Flandern I Line capture in October 1917. A cemetery of 340 graves quickly grew up around this bunker – men who had died in the aid post or nearby.
Between 1919 and 1921 the specialized ‘Exhumation Companies’ brought in many thousands of bodies from the surrounding battlefields. Only 3.800 of the victims could be identified by name.
Website Tyne Cot Cemetry