Posted on behalf of University of Glasgow alumnus Tom Green
The Scottish Memorial in Flanders, Belgium was erected in August 2007 to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. The monument is located close to the village of Zonnebeke and Ieper/Ypres, the town made famous by its location in the Ypres Salient where so much fighting took place during World War One. The monument is sited where the 15th (Scottish) Division stormed and captured ground held by the German army during the Battle of Passchendaele on 31 July 1917. The monument was unveiled in August 2007 during a high profile ceremony and plans are now in place to complete the Memorial Park as part of the commemoration of the centenary of the battle in August 2017. View images from the unveiling of the 2007 Memorial here and find out more about forthcoming commemorations through 2018 from the Passchendaele Memorial Museum website.
Nineteen members of the University of Glasgow community died during the Passchendaele campaign. You can read more about them here.
As part of the 2017 commemoration, it is intended to create a permanent art installation of a series of large silhouettes of Scottish soldiers marching to battle. These will be based on a series of authentic photographs of official Great War photographers such as Ernest Brooke and Frank Hurley. The 2007 Memorial was financed by public fundraising in Scotland, including a donation from the Scottish Government. A new fundraising campaign is now underway for the permanent art installation. Anyone interested in receiving more information about supporting this initiative should visit the YouCaring page and follow updates on Facebook.