|Author Lyn MacDonald with veteran of the Passchendaele John Wilson MM in 1992|
Descendants of those who fought at the Third Battle of Ypres will be invited to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium to mark the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.
The Government’s plan is to mark both the centenary of Passchendaele on 31 July 2017 and the four years of war on the Ypres salient.
The commemoration will start with a Last Post Ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Menin Gate in Ypres on the eve of the centenary, 30 July.
On the 31 July 2017, the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres, the focus will shift to the 12,000 graves and 35,000 names on the Memorial Wall to the Missing at the CWGC Tyne Cot cemetery, which bears witness to the ferocious battle.
Full details of 'They Called it Passchendaele' are on the Department for Culture, Media & Sport UK Government website.
Descendants can apply online for tickets on the CWGC page to the Centenary of Passchendaele