Prince William commemorates Passchendaele
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