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Remembering the young men who fell in disastrous World War One battle.

THE Yarm 1914 Commemoration Group held a remembrance day on Sunday for local men who had lost their lives at the Battle of Passchendaele.

Also known as the 3rd Battle of Ypres or colloquially the "Battle of Mud" or the "Slough of Despond" The aim of the attack was the destruction of German submarine pens on the Belgium coast.

On July 18, 1917, a heavy artillery barrage was launched at German lines lasting 10 days. The main attack began on July 31, the weather was not on the allies side and heavy downpours resulted in thick mud and bogs forming, men and horses got stuck and drowned. The offensive continued throughout the summer and autumn eventually petering out in November when the Canadians arrived.

The village of Passchendaele was completely obliterated. The Allies suffered around a quarter of a million casualties and had advanced only five miles. The battle is now seen as one of the greatest disasters of the First World War.

The people of Yarm remembered on Sunday a grocer's clerk from Yarm, Lance Corporal James William Rose of the 12th Battalion of the Royal Fusiliers, who died on the first day of the attack aged 21.

Robert Johnson, of the 4th Yorkshire regiment, fell on October 30, aged 20. Pte Robert Thomas Doughty, also 21, was killed in action on September 20, his parents had already lost his 27-year-old brother David Coatsworth Doughty in 1915.

Many thanks to Yarm 1914 Commemoration Group. We'd like to use this opportunity to send our love and condolences to the family and friends of Bradley Lowery, the brave little boy with a smile you couldn't help falling in love with.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 19, 2017
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