Audio: 

Voices From The First World War : IWM podcast: Passchendaele: http://www.iwm.org.uk/history/podcasts/voices-of-the-first-world-war/podcast-31-passchendaele

 

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Photographs:

The following photographs were taken in the same area and timeframe leading up to Reggie's death.

These images were created and released by the Imperial War Museum on the IWM Non Commercial Licence

  

Battle of Langemarck. German shell bursting near a British forward battery. Pilckem Ridge, 16 August 1917.

 

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Infantry crossing the Yser Canal at Brielen by a foot bridge on the way to the line, 3 August 1917.

 

Battle of Pilckem Ridge 31 July - 2 August : stretcher bearers struggle in mud up to their knees to carry a wounded man to safety near Boesinghe on 1 August

 

Battle of Passchendaele. Mark I tank of "A" Battalion ditched in a trench. June 1917.

 

Battle of Pilckem Ridge. A wounded British soldier and a German prisoner in conversation

 

 Battle of Pilckem Ridge. A wire-carrying fatigue party pf one of the Guards battalions crossing the Yser Canal by a duck board bridge. Near Boesinghe, 31 July 1917.

 

Battle of Langemarck. Shell bursting in the ruins of Boezinge Station. The remains of a train can be seen in the distance. In the foreground, a smashed up trench in the revetting of which railway sleepers were used, 17 August 1917.

 

 

 

Pack mules taking up ammunition in wicker carriers. Note a shell-burst in the background. Pilckem Ridge, 16 August 1917.

 

Battle of Pilckem Ridge. Gunners of the Royal Field Artillery jacking and hauling a field gun out of the mud. North of Ypres, 2 August 1917.

 

Battle of Pilckem Ridge. Two pack mules carrying shells struggle through the mud near Ypres, 1 August 1917.

 

Battle of Pilckem Ridge. Men of a Pioneer Battalion getting out of light railway trucks. Brielen, 31 July 1917.

 

The Battle of Passchendaele.Dead soldiers of one of the Highlanders regiments awaiting burial, August 1917.

 

A composite fatigue party loading stones for road repairs into lorries from a heap beside the railway line. Dickebusch, 9 August 1917.

 

Battle of Pilckem Ridge. British troops loading a pack horse with wiring staples. Note the horse's gas-mask. Near Pilckem, 31 July 1917.

 

Battles of Ypres. Infantrymen resting on the march near Hooge, 9 August 1917.
   

Battle of Pilckem Ridge. A wire-carrying fatigue party of one of the Guards battalions crossing the Yser Canal by a duck board bridge. Near Boesinghe, 31 July 1917.

 

Battle of Pilckem Ridge. A water cart stuck in the mud to the axle, one wheel and one horse having gone over the edge of the brushwood track at St Eloi, 11 August 1917.

 

Battle of Pilckem Ridge. British soldier reading a book while stretched out on a rustic bench in bright sunshine before the battle. Elverdinghe, 31 July 1917.

 

Battle of Pilckem Ridge. Men of a Pioneer Battalion in light railway trucks and others moving away towards the line. Brielen, 31 July 1917.

 

 

English: This is a disturbing image of a destroyed German trench. In the foreground the limp bodies of dead German soldiers lie amidst the rubble. It is difficult to distinguish the soldiers from the chaos around them, but four bodies are clearly visible. One man, wearing a helmet, has been pushed forward by the blast and, although dead, appears to crouch forward. The entire scene is a maelstrom of mud, splintered wood and dead bodies.

Original reads: 'OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHS TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT. Smashed up German trench on Messines Ridge with dead.'

Date: 1917

Battle of Langemarck. Gunners of the Royal Garrison Artillery unloading shells from a light railway truck. Near St. Eloi, 16 August 1917.

 

 

 Battle of Pilckem Ridge. British soldiers filling water bottles at a well near Elverdinghe, 31 July 1917.

 

Battle of Polygon Wood. Infantry moving up the line past camouflaged tanks at Clapham Junction close to the Menin Road, three and a half miles east of Ypres, 26 September 1917.

 

Aerial view of the village of Passchendaele before and after the Third Battle of Ypres, 1917. Crown Copyright. Imperial War Museum catalogue number Q 42918A.

Remarks: Photo based on Image:Passchendaele aerial view.jpg, but:

  1. North on top (according to comments given there)
  2. after-battle picture adapted in size and orientation to before-battle.

 

 

 

Battle of Pilckem Ridge. RAMC stretcher-bearers bringing in a wounded French soldier. In background, British infantrymen going up with two reels of wire on a Yukon pack. Note tape marking route. Eastern side of Yser Canal, 31 July 1917, near Boesinghe (the 1st French Army was on the left of the British 5th Army, Boesinghe being the boundary).

 

Royal Field Artillery gunners hauling an 18 pounder field gun out of the mud near Zillebeke, 9 August 1917.

 

Gunners of the Royal Garrison Artillery unloading shells from a light railway train at Brielen, 3 August 1917.

 

Barbers of the 2nd Battalion, Leinster Regiment at work in their camp at Dickebusch after the battle of 31st July. Photograph taken on 9 August 1917.

 

A composite fatigue party loading stones for road repairs into lorries from a heap beside the railway line. Dickebusch, 9 August 1917.

 

Captain of the Machine Gun Corps in a captured German armoured observation post. St. Eloi, 11 August 1917.

 

 Battle of Langemarck. Three cavalry men escorting a captured machine-gun crew who were buried by a shell-explosion in a dug-out. Brielen, 19 August, 1917.

 

A German shell explodes over recently captured ground near Langemarck during the Battle of Ypres, 22 August 1917.

 

Royal Engineers carrying wood for a bridge across the Yser Canal. Note the mud and the wearing of waterproof sheets. Near Boesinghe, August 1917.

 

Gunners of the Royal Garrison Artillery unloading shells from a light railway train at Brielen, 3 August 1917.

 

Battle of Pilckem Ridge. A water cart stuck in the mud to the axle, one wheel and one horse having gone over the edge of the brushwood track at St Eloi, 11 August 1917.

 

Battle of Pilckem Ridge. Half a dozen dead German soldiers strewn about the wreckage of a shell hole, 31 July 1317.

 

Two officers and two orderlies of the Australian Medical Corps at an advanced YMCA canteen near Wytschaete, 11 August 1917.

 

Two officers using the bonnet and front wheels of a destroyed lorry as a seat while looking at a map. Near St. Eloi, 11 August 1917.

 

 

German prisoners helping to bring in British wounded on the first day of the Battle of Ypres, 31 July 1917.

 

British soldiers cleaning up after coming out of the trenches. Near Ypres, 3 August 1917.

 

British soldiers cleaning up after coming out of the trenches. Near Ypres, 3 August 1917.

 

12-inch Mark 1 Howitzer on a railway mounting of the 104 Siege Battery, RGA at Salvation Corner, 3 August 1917.

 

German prisoners and British wounded crossing a duck board bridge over the Yser Canal. Near Boesinghe, 31 July 1917.

 

 

RFA signalling post in a support line near Hooge, 9 August 1917.

 

Battle of Pilckem Ridge. Pack mules passing a wrecked artillery limber and dead mules of the 36th Division on the road at Saint-Jean, 31 July 1917.

 

British officers in the captured German armoured observation post on a ruined house in St. Eloi, 11 August 1917

 

British soldiers cleaning up after coming out of the trenches. Near Ypres, 3 August 1917.

 

Two traffic control men rolling a large 'dud' shell off the road. Near Estaminet Corner, Wytschaete, 11 August 1917.

 

Battle of Pilckem Ridge. Scene on captured ground near Hooge. British troops digging trenches, a fatigue party wearing Yukon packs going up and wounded being brought down. 31 July 1917.

 

A doctor dresses the wounds of Lieutenant Guy Vaughan Morgan of the 2nd Battalion, Irish Guards at a RAMC aid post during the Battle of Pilckem Ridge, 31 July 1917

 

Ramming home a shell in a 12-inch howitzer on railway mounting. Brielen, 3 August 1917.

 

Battle of Pilckem Ridge. Party of German prisoners carrying a British stretcher case over difficult ground on Pilckem Ridge, 31 July 1917.

 

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