Loss of father and son at The Battle of Passchendaele recalled - 4 August 2017

Kransneerlegging voor Harry en Ronald MoorhouseA descendant of a father and son who perished together in the Battle of Passchendaele has spoken of her emotion when she stood on the spot where they fell a century ago.

Author Rebecca Lisle is the great-granddaughter of Harry Moorhouse, who was killed within minutes of his son, Ronald, on October 9, 1917. Ms Lisle, who lives in Bristol, attended this week’s Passchendaele centenary commemorations, in Belgium, where Harry and Ronald’s names are inscribed on a wall at Tyne Cot cemetery. They are just two of the thousands of men whose bodies were unable to be recovered from the treacherous battle-churned mud. Ms Lisle said: “The most moving part of the event was on Monday, when we were taken to the place where Harry and Ronald were killed. “Today it is a beautiful stretch of farmland and the watercourse where so many men drowned is just a small stream. “It is almost impossible to imagine what it was like a century ago and what happened there. “What a terrible waste.”

Harry and Ronald MoorhouseHarry, 48, an acting lieutenant-colonel in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry and Ronald, 22, a captain in the same regiment, died within an hour of each other as the father left the trenches to search for his gravely-wounded son. It may well have been too late by the time Harry found Ronald but he never got to know, for he was killed by a sniper’s bullet before he reached his son.

The Moorhouse family lived in Flanshaw and owned Flanshaw Mills. The telegram informing Susannah – Harry’s wife and Ronald’s mother – of their loss said: “Their majesties deplore the death of these two brave officers and desire me to convey to you their sincere sympathy with you in their sorrow.” Later that month, the pair were remembered at a service in Wakefield Cathedral.

Ms Lisle added: “Harry and Ronald have always been regarded with great reverence in our family. “My grandmother had photographs of them on the wall and kept Harry’s dress uniform and cap on a clothes stand. She also had the badges and insignia which had been cut from his uniform.
Source: Wakefield Express


Official inauguration exhibition Kemmel - 7 June 2017

Opening expo KemmelThe official inauguration of the thematic exhibition '7 June 1917: Irish blood & Flemish mud’ took place on Wednesday, 7 June 2017. 

The church in Kemmel is the setting for this exhibition. Ireland has had a troubled history. Yet during the Mine Battle of Messines the 16th (Irish) Division and the 36th (Ulster) Division fought side by side. In view of their underlying political differences, it is justified to regard this as a unique act of partnership and co-operation. Even today, this collaborative participation in the battle has a strong symbolic value.


Official inauguration exhibition Mesen in the presence of the Governor-General of New Zealand - 7 June 2017

Opening expo Mesen - 7/06/2017The official inauguration of the thematic exhibition '100 New Zealand Faces of Messines' took place on Wednesday, 7 June 2017 in the presence of the Governor-General of New Zealand.

This exhibition focuses attention on the enormous impact of the First World War on New Zealand. From a population of barely one million inhabitants, almost 10% travelled to the other side of the world to fight in the Great War. Using the stories of 100 individuals, the dramatic effects of the war on this small country are explored. 


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