Third Battle of Ypres

31/7/1917

General Haig launches an offensive to capture the important transport hub of Ypres in Belgium. The battle is famous for the terrible heavy rain that turned the battlefield into a nightmarish mud bath. The 38th (Welsh) Division were heavily involved in the opening attack of the battle at Pilckem Ridge and were successful in their mission.

Private Ellis Humphrey Evans of the 15th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers, was killed in action at the Battle of Pilckem Ridge on this day. Private Evans is perhaps better known by his bardic name, Hedd Wyn.

Three Welshmen were awarded the Victoria Cross for their actions on this day: Corporal James Davies of Ogmore Vale, 13th Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers; Sergeant Ivor Rees of Felinfoel, Llanelli, South Wales Borderers; and Sergeant Robert Bye of Pontypridd, 1st Battalion, Welsh Guards. 

Service persons

Name DATE OF DEATH
Ellis Evans 31/07/1917
Thomas Coombs 11/08/1917
Robert Williams 04/08/1917
(Evan) Bleddyn Rees 24/10/1917
David Richards 20/11/1917
David Jones 31/07/1917
John Jones 31/07/1917
David Jones 31/07/1917
George Parry 31/07/1917
Joseph Thomas 01/08/1917
David Thomas 27/07/1917
Frederick Gay 31/07/1917
Stanley Hancock 09/11/1917
Richard Phillips 27/08/1917
T.J. Daley 31/07/1917
Stuart Duncanson 11/08/1917
William Edwards 31/07/1917
Gwilym Jones 31/07/1917
James Howells 01/08/1917
Harold Jones 31/07/1917
Thomas Cartwright 07/10/1917
Arthur Williams 10/11/1917
Francis Roderick 31/07/1917
Thomas Thomas 23/08/1917
Henry Davies 31/07/1917
William Evans 04/08/1917
George Vearey 10/11/1917
David Orrells 09/08/1917