In the footsteps of Harry & Ronald Moorhouse (UK)

Harry and Ronald MoorhouseHarry, a professional soldier, and his son Ronald both joined the army in 1914 and were posted to the 4th Battalion of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) in the 49th Division. Harry was wounded in August 1915 and again in July 1916, but on each occasion he returned to his unit.

During the Third Battle of Ieper, Harry was in command of the 4th KOYLI, with the rank of lieutenant colonel. On 9 October 1917, the battalion was part of the divisional reserve. When the division's assault troops were held up by heavy fire, the 4th KOYLI were ordered forward in support. Roland, who by now was a captain in his father's battalion, advanced with his company on the first objective, just in front of Kronprinz Farm (on the road between ’s Graventafel and Mosselmarkt). Captain Ronald Moorhouse was mortally wounded at the head of his men. A short time later, Harry was shot dead by a sniper, as he left his headquarters to try and find medical help for his son. The attack broke down and the troops were forced to return to their original starting positions. Neither body was recovered, so that Captain R. Moorhouse and Lieutenant Colonel H. Moorhouse are now both commemorated by name on the Tyne Cot Memorial.



  • Villa Zonnedaele - Zonnebeke10.00 – 12.00:
    • Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917
      This museum perpetuates the everlasting memory of the bloody Battle of Passendale. As part of the project '1917, Total War in Flanders', the 'Villa Zonnedaele' Mansion is the setting for a thematic exhibition entitled 'Passchendaele, a landscape in war', which explains the crucial role played by the devastated landscape during the Battle of Passendale.
      Berten Pilstraat 5 - 8980 Zonnebeke
  • 12.00 – 13.30: lunch
  • 13.30 – 15.00:
    • Tyne Cot Cemetery
      Tyne Cot Cemetery - ZonnebekeThis Commonwealth cemetery is the most important witness to the bloody Battle of Passendale. The Tyne Cot Memorial at the back of the cemetery records the names of almost 35,000 soldiers who died after 15 August 1917 and have no known grave. The names include Harry and Roland Moorehouse. The nearby visitors centre offers a unique view across the old battlefields and tells in words and images the poignant story of Tyne Cot Cemetery and the dead of the Passendale offensive. As part of the project '1917, Total War in Flanders', an interactive panorama panel tells the equally tragic story of the landscape in 1917.
      Tynecotstraat 22 - 8980 Zonnebeke (Passendale)
  • In Flanders Fields Museum15.30 – 17.30:
    • In Flanders Fields Museum
      This museum is the gateway to the First World War in Flanders and tells the story of that terrible war in the front region. The temporary exhibition '1917, Total War in Flanders' gives the visitor, amongst other things, a general introduction to the Mine Battle of Messines and the Third Battle of Ieper. An important role in the exhibition is given to the works of the Australian war photographers Frank Hurley and Hubert Williams, as well as to the reworked contemporary images of Ian Alderman.
      Lakenhallen (Cloth Hall) – Grote Markt 34 – 8900 Ieper
  • 17.30 – 19.30: evening meal in Ieper
  • 20.00:
    • Menin Gate, IeperLast Post under the Menin Gate
      Every evening since 1928, the Last Post - today known as the traditional final salute to the fallen - has been played at 8 o'clock sharp under the imposing Menin Gate Memorial. This simple ceremony, performed by local buglers, is a tribute to the soldiers of the then British Empire and their allies, who died in the Ypres Salient during the First World War.
      Menenstraat - 8900 Ieper

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