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Charles hails courage of troops at Passchendaele commemoration

By David Wilcock

The Prince of Wales spoke of the "courage and bravery" of British soldiers killed at Passchendaele as he led centenary commemorations of the First World War battle.

Exactly 100 years after thousands of British and Commonwealth troops went "over the top", Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prime Minister Theresa May joined the King and Queen of Belgium and some 4,000 descendants of those who fought for a ceremony at the Tyne Cot cemetery near Ypres.

In his address to the gathering, the Prince said: "We remember it not only for the rain that fell, the mud that weighed down the living and swallowed the dead, but also for the courage and bravery of the men who fought here."

More than 100 days of fighting in the summer and autumn of 1917, starting on July 31, left more than half-a-million men dead or injured on both sides.

The Tyne Cot cemetery is the largest Commonwealth burial ground in the world, with 11,971 servicemen buried and remembered there - 8,373 of whom are unidentified.

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