They called it Pass­chen­daele

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HIS­TORIC ENG­LAND has marked the fallen of Pass­chen­daele by an­nounc­ing 13 new and up­graded list­ings. The bat­tle on the ridge at Pass­chen­daele was fought in atro­cious con­di­tions from July to Novem­ber 1917—ear­lier shelling had de­stroyed the land drainage sys­tems, so the heavy rain cre­ated a bog-like land­scape. To­tal ca­su­al­ties on both sides amounted to about 585,000 sol­diers.

A memo­rial in Northamp­ton to Edgar Mobbs, an Eng­land rugby in­ter­na­tional who raised his own 264-strong Sports­men’s Bat­tal­ion af­ter his at­tempt at en­list­ment was re­jected on the grounds of his age, has been listed Grade II*. Mobbs was killed in ac­tion on the first day’s fight­ing and his body was never found.

Rickerby Park in Carlisle, land­scaped as a memo­rial gar­den to the dead by un­em­ployed ser­vice­men in the 1920s, has been listed Grade II* and, at West­field War Memo­rial Vil­lage, Lan­caster, built by lo­cals to prove ac­com­mo­da­tion and em­ploy­ment for dis­abled vet­er­ans, the cen­tral war memo­rial has been up­graded to Grade II*.

Also newly listed at Grade II* is the King’s Royal Ri­fle Corps Memo­rial in Winch­ester, Hamp­shire, a finely crafted bronze statue of a ri­fle­man in full ser­vice dress with a Lee-en­field ri­fle, sur­vey­ing the bat­tle­field ter­rain. It was de­signed by lead­ing war-memo­rial sculp­tor John Tweed in 1922 and is strik­ingly lo­cated in the outer close of the cathe­dral. JW

The Duke of Corn­wall’s Light In­fantry Memo­rial is now Grade II*

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