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Centenary of the start of the Battle of Passchendaele – 31 July, 8pm

At 8pm on 31st July there will be a memorial held at the War Memorial, Great North Rd (opposite Hatfield Station) to remember those who died at during the Battle of Passchendale. Please bring a candle to light if you wish to do so.

Three of Hatfield’s sons names’ appear on our war memorial for fighting in this battle and losing their lives- Lance Corporal John Coe, Private Robert Putterill and Corporal George Victor Webster. Another man appears on the war memorial at Newgate Street – Private James Day. Reports of the fierce fighting at the height of the battle reveal that one of the men was killed as he carried out his duties as a stretcher bearer, another had volunteered for this dangerous assignment at the front to relieve a colleague who had a large family and a third, Victor Webster, who had served for almost three years having enlisted in October 1914, was fatally injured as he brought his gun team into action.

With thanks to Hatfield Local History Society for researching this information and producing the book Hatfield Answers the Call 1914 – 1919.

Passchendale Poppy Pins are available from Birchwood Leisure Centre (Town Council Offices) for a suggested minimum donation of £2. We will also bring some pins to the War Memorial on 31 July.