portsmouth poetry  From A Borrowed Biro

From A Borrowed Biro

PASSCHENDAELE PROJECT

COMMEMORATING MEN FROM PORTSMOUTH
WHO ENDURED THE 3RD BATTLE OF YPRES WW1 KNOWN AS 'PASSCHENDAELE'  
JULY - NOVEMBER 1917

Portsmouth WW1 Cenotaph Guildhall Square

By kind permission of the Imperial War Museum
© IWM E(AUS) 1220

In January 2017, Portsmouth Poetry was awarded £10,000 by the Heritage Lottery Fund to complete a dynamic project to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele.  The project involved research to discover men and women from Portsmouth who were involved in the battle, a month long exhibition in Porstsmouth Cathedral with biographies of 12 people from the city who participated, a schools project and a permanent archive of the research. Following the successful exhibition, we are outlining and explaining the battle and the shortened biographies of the men during the three months of the battle centenary.

The 12 exhibition biographies and the full details of Portsmouth men and women uncovered through our research will be added to this site in the autumn.

The Passchendaele Project Biographies:

BIOGRAPHY No. 1


BIOGRAPHY No. 2


BIOGRAPHY No. 3


BIOGRAPHY No. 4


BIOGRAPHY No. 5


BIOGRAPHY No. 6



BIOGRAPHY No. 7


BIOGRAPHY No. 8


BIOGRAPHY No. 9


BIOGRAPHY No. 10


BIOGRAPHY No. 11



BIOGRAPHY No. 12

John Frederick White RAMC

Pte Frederick W J Farr

Pte John D Cherrett MM

Pte Albert G Haskett MM


Pte David Craven


John Henry Ficken BQMS



Pte Harry R Squires MM


2nd Lt Dudley Hugo Heynes


Pte John H Fletcher


Sapper George R Stebbens


Charles W Greentree



Pte Percy Eastland 


Stetcher Bearer   Died 1st Day of Passchendaele

Boy Soldier    Brought home before Passchendaele

Wounded at Passchendaele     Military Medal

Military Medal    Killed 1918

Ex Borstal Boy    Fought the Loos, Somme, Arras,& Passchendaele

German father  Fought Somme, Vimy Ridge, Messines, Passchendaele, the Retreat and Advance of 1918

Military Medal   Killed Passchendaele

Popular Officer  Wounded Passchendaele  Killed 1918

Killed Battle of Menin Road Ridge Passchendaele

Telegraphist   Prisoner of War

Emigrated to Canada as child    Returned to Portsmouth in Canadian Division

Fought Somme & Passchendaele. Seriously wounded

Plus

Albert Victor Webb  1898 - 1917   A 'Pompey Pal' Died Passchendaele [from the Pompey Pals Project]

James Okenden  A Portsmouth Passchendaele Victoria Cross

&

Rupert Brooke  Famous 'War Poet' served in Portsmouth before embarkation



At dawn (3.50 a,m,) on July 31st the 3rd Battle of Ypres began, a year after the devastation of the Somme. The plan, formed by Field Marshall Douglas Haig, was to break through enemy lines on the Ypres Salient close to a village called Passchendaele in order to liberate the North Sea coast of Belgium from which German U-Boats were operating and to afford the French Army at Aisne a chance to recover from a mutiny by forcing the German army to divert resources to Flanders. Three days after the Battle began, Flanders experienced the worst rainfall in over 30 years turning the battlefield into a swamp in which men and horses sunk and drowned. The battle became known as "the battle of mud" but is now remembered by the village that symbolised its target, 'Passchendaele'.