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Scottish Losses of Passchendaele Commemorated at Zonnebeke Memorial

Flags - Zonnebeke Memorial Service

In August 2007, to mark the 90th anniversary of the battle of Passchendaele, a memorial was unveiled at Frezenberg Hill near Zonnebeke, Flanders. Hewn from solid Scottish granite the impressive Celtic cross was raised by public subscription in memory Scots and those of Scots descent who lost their lives in the battle of Passchendaele.  The monument has since become a popular magnet for pilgrims to the war graves in Belgium.

Ten years on, crowds gathered for the 100th Anniversary of the Scottish advance on Passchendaele ridge. Once again, the general public, as well as a range of organisations in Flanders, Scotland and beyond, supported an initiative to further preserve the memory of soldiers who never came home. Soldiers from all walks of life, who answered the nation’s call and paid the ultimate sacrifice.