menin road

New Zealanders pose reading “New Zealanders at the Front” on a captured anti-tank gun, near the Menin Road, 20 Nov 1917. Alexander Turnbull Library.

The Battle of the Menin Road Ridge, sometimes called Battle of the Menin Road, was the third British general attack of the Third Battle of Ypres in the First World War. The battle took place 20–25 September 1917, in the Ypres Salient in Flanders on the Western Front.

Two German soldiers lying dead outside of a concrete bunker captured by Allied forces after the Battle of the Menin Road, Belgium, 1917. Animated stereoview.

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A few weeks back I asked my Dad if our family was involved with WW1 in any way as I was only familiar with our family’s service from WW2 onwards. He said he wasn’t sure but he’d get back to me. He got in touch with his cousin who does a lot of family tree stuff and he sent through a ton of information.

Turns out my great grandpa was attached to the 5th Field Ambulance. He landed in Gallipoli as medical support for a number of infantry battalions, and after the Allied evacuation was sent to the Western Front where he worked in a field hospital during major battles like Menin Road, Passchendaele, Ypres, Poziers, and the Somme among others.

This is a picture from the Australian War Memorial, where the prime minister Billy Hughes is addressing the brigade a couple of days before the battle of Hamel.