31st July 2017

The Centenary of start of the 3rd Battle of Ypres – Passchendaele.  After the battle Lt. Gen Sir Lancelot Kiggell visited the front and seeing the endless pools of mud and slime exclaimed “Good God, did we really send men to fight in that?”

Two men from Edgworth and one from Entwistle died on the first day of the battle.  They were Alfred Simpson, James Hewartson Haworth and William Edward Barton. Other men who died in the battle and are remembered on the Tyne Cot memorial were William Henry (Billy) Beckett and Gerald Ainsworth.  You can read the stories of all these men here