Harry Patch memorial stone


A new monument for all war victims was unveiled on the bank of the Steenbeek (brook) in the Melkweg (street) in Langemarck on 27 September 2008. Harry Patch, a British war veteran, crossed this brook in 1917 before the attack on Langemarck. Not only did he lose three of his best friends in this attack but he was also heavily wounded. After one year's rehabilitation he was sent to the front in Ypres once again in 1918. When he returned, he took the initiative of erecting this monument and commemorating all victims who had offered themselves pointlessly. He died in England in 2009, at the age of 111.

The municipality of Langemarck-Poelcapelle made the land available for the memorial stone. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission manufactured the stone and is responsible for its maintenance.