In The Footsteps Of Harry And Ronald Moorhouse (UK)

In 1914, Harry and his son Ronald both joined the army. They were posted to the 4th Battalion of the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry (KOYLI) in the 49th Division. Even though Harry was wounded twice (in August 1915 and again in July 1916), he kept returning to his unit. On 9 October 1917, the battalion was part of the divisional reserve. By that time, Harry was in command with the rank of lieutenant colonel. 

When a heavy fire held up the division’s assault troops, the 4th KOYLI was ordered forward in support. Ronald, who by now was a captain in his father’s battalion, advanced with his company on the first objective, just in front of Kronprinz Farm (on the road between ’s Graventafel and Mosselmarkt). He was mortally wounded at the head of his men. His father Harry left the headquarters to find medical help and was shot dead by a sniper a short time later. The attack broke down and the troops were forced to return to their original starting positions. Since their bodies were never recovered, Lieutenant Colonel Harry Moorhouse and Captain Ronald Moorhouse are now both commemorated by name on the Tyne Cot Memorial.


10.00 – 12.00: Memorial Museum Passchendaele 1917

This museum perpetuates the everlasting memory of the bloody Battle of Passendale. As part of the project '1917, Total War in Flanders', the 'Villa Zonnedaele' Mansion is the setting for a thematic exhibition entitled 'Passchendaele, a landscape in war', which explains the crucial role played by the devastated landscape during the Battle of Passendale.

Berten Pilstraat 5 - 8980 Zonnebeke

12.00 – 13.30: Lunch

13.30 – 15.00: Tyne Cot Cemetery

This Commonwealth cemetery is the most important witness to the bloody Battle of Passendale. The Tyne Cot Memorial at the back of the cemetery records the names of almost 35,000 soldiers who died after 15 August 1917 and have no known grave. The names include Harry and Roland Moorehouse. The nearby visitors centre offers a unique view across the old battlefields and tells in words and images the poignant story of Tyne Cot Cemetery and the dead of the Passendale offensive. As part of the project '1917, Total War in Flanders', an interactive panorama panel tells the equally tragic story of the landscape in 1917. 

Tynecotstraat 22 - 8980 Zonnebeke (Passendale)

15.30 – 17.30: In Flanders Fields Museum

This museum is the gateway to the First World War in Flanders and tells the story of that terrible war in the front region. The temporary exhibition '1917, Total War in Flanders' gives the visitor, amongst other things, a general introduction to the Mine Battle of Messines and the Third Battle of Ieper. An important role in the exhibition is given to the works of the Australian war photographers Frank Hurley and Hubert Williams, as well as to the reworked contemporary images of Ian Alderman. 

Lakenhallen (Cloth Hall) – Grote Markt 34 – 8900 Ieper

17.30 – 19.30: Evening meal in Ieper

20.00: Last Post under the Menin Gate

Every evening since 1928, the Last Post - the traditional final salute to the fallen - has been played at 8 o'clock sharp under the imposing Menin Gate Memorial. This simple ceremony, performed by local buglers, is a tribute to the soldiers of the then British Empire and their allies, who died in the Ypres Salient during the First World War. 

Menenstraat - 8900 Ieper

Do you need more inspiration? Here you can find some additional itineraries for your trip to Flanders Fields!

Harry and Ronald Moorhouse
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