To start the week, a guest blog from my good friend Martin Clift
In the early hours of 16th June 1915, Allied forces began an attack on a ridge with the aim of depriving the enemy of their excellent views that extended all the way to Ypres across the Allied lines. This was the Battle of Bellewaarde.
In short, a battlefield half mile square, 4000 allied casualties, 25% killed in action in less than 12 hours and the majority have no known grave. A very sad story that was lost in time and men who, for the majority, not remembered. Some of these men came from Shropshire and surrounding areas.
Please spare 10 minutes to watch BBCs Paul Laidlaw’s passionate appeal on behalf of Bellewaarde 1915. This can be found ator VimeoMore information can be found on our website, The Battle of Bellewaarde
The charity aims to give people who wish to pay their respects to those who lost their lives that day, a memorial to both British and German soldiers who have no known grave. The memorial will be located on the southern edge of the battlefield at The Hooge Crater Museum, who have kindly donated an area for it to stand.
The memorial will not only remember the battle and the fallen, but it will also represent the reconciliation on both sides and strengthen the heritage of Britain, Germany and Belgium.
It is more important than ever to remember those times in other ways now that they cannot be passed by word of mouth from those who experienced them. The battles and the horrors they experienced. The friends they lost. We need to do everything we possibly can to ensure that those people and their stories are never forgotten and remain in the lives and memories of future generations rather than being consigned to words of folklore and hearsay, losing all accuracy and meaning.
So to support this, 3 bronze statues adorning an inscribed plinth for the Bellewaarde 1915 memorial will be a physical representation of both British and German uniformed soldiers, accurate to the last detail. Something physical and tangible that people can visit, see and touch. Something that will exist for generation after generation to come, long after the unveiling on the centenary of the battle, 16th June 2015.
For us to be able to achieve this we need media support to help us trace as many decedents of the fallen and those who survived as possible, many will be unaware of the details of what happened
If you are able to support our quest in any way, please contact Martin Clift by email at: email@example.com