The Passchendaele Salute 2017
We are proud to be partners in this important event which commemorates 100 years since the Battle of Passchendaele.
Master Gun Maker John Slough was one of the founding members of the Battle Proms, and remains our Master Gunner to this day. He is also the organiser of the Passchendaele Salute 2017, which will commemorate the centenary of the end of the Battle of Passchendaele, a major Allied victory in the First World War.
John's grandfather, Albert Slough, a Sergeant Fitter in the Royal Field Artillery was killed in action at Hill 60 in October 1917, in the Battle of Passchendaele, making this an important commemoration on both an historical and personal level.
The Passchendaele Salute 2017, under the patronage of Mrs Janice Charette, High Commissioner for Canada will take place on 10 November 2017 at the Fort de Seclin, near Lille in France
The Salute will consist of at least 16 Great War guns drawn by horses:
9 x 18pdrs; 3 x 13pdrs; one 4.5 Howitzer, 2 French 75s and a 13pdr A/A gun on a Pierce Arrow 1917 lorry, and guns from a French museum.
The guns will be manned by teams from UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium and France.
All participants are volunteering their time and energy and any funds raised will be donated to our charity partner, Combat Stress.
For further information and detailed history of the Battle of Passchendaele please visit their website.
Photo above was the Burghley House Battle Proms 2016
Photograhpy Competition Winner by Ruth Broadbent