18 Augustus 2017 at 4.00 PM - Hazeweidestraat 19, Langemark-Poelkapelle/Sint-Juliaan
The 16th (Irish) Division and the 36th (Ulster Division) knew glory and tragedy at the Western front during the Third Battle of Ieper. They achieved a spectacular victory at Wijtschate on 7 June 1917. A few months later however, they suffered one of their biggest tragedies, fithing again together, during the battle at Hill 35. It was the second and last time that the two divisions fought together. Due to the failure of this battle, this important piece of history for Ireland disappeared in the mud of the Ypres Salient. It was also the last battle of the well known Father Doyle. To reccognize this important event, 100 years later, a monument was inaugurated on Friday, 18 August 2017.
Erwin Ureel, master of ceremony.
Alain Wyffels, mayor of Langemark-Poelkapelle
Tom Burke, chairman RDFA
Alan McFarland, Somme Association.
Song by Alan Brydon
The story of Father Doyle by a representative of the Irish Embassy.
Unveiling of the monument
A poem by Francis Ledwige read by Sean Connoly.
The Last Post
The wreath laying
The memorial plaque.
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