Prince Wil­liam com­mem­o­rates Pass­chen­daele

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY TONY JONES

THE Duke of Cam­bridge has told de­scen­dants of New Zealand sol­diers who fought and died at the Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele that although we may never truly un­der­stand the con­di­tions they en­dured “we can re­mem­ber”.

Speak­ing at a cen­te­nary ser­vice in Bel­gium com­mem­o­rat­ing the 840 Ki­wis killed on Oc­to­ber 12 1917, Wil­liam de­liv­ered his speech at Tyne Cot ceme­tery, near the town of Ypres in Flan­ders, sur­rounded by thou­sands of head­stones of Al­lied ser­vice­men who died in the Great War.

The Duke said: “All too of­ten the news­reels speak of ‘or­di­nary’ men and women. There was noth­ing or­di­nary about their ser­vice or their sac­ri­fice.”

He went on to say: “The fight in th­ese fields was of a mag­ni­tude and fe­roc­ity that is dif­fi­cult for us, to­day, to fully com­pre­hend. But while we may never truly un­der­stand, we can re­mem­ber.”

Prince Wil­liam, Princess Astrid of Bel­gium and guests at­tend the New Zealand Com­mem­o­ra­tion for the Bat­tle of Pass­chen­daele at Tyne Cot Ceme­tery in Flan­ders, Bel­gium, yes­ter­day

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