At Tyne Cot, the largest Commonwealth war grave, 4,000 relatives will mark the sacrifice of those who fought

Four thousand relatives of soldiers who fought in the battle of Passchendaele, which started 100 years ago on Monday, have joined Prince Charles, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and the prime minister, Theresa May, at Tyne Cot cemetery in Flanders to remember one of the bloodiest chapters in the first world war.

A majority of the 11,961 servicemen buried in the Commonwealth war grave were killed during the 100-day offensive to take the village of Passchendaele, also known as the third battle of Ypres. Tyne Cot, the largest Commonwealth war graveyard, lies on a former German machine gun position between Passchendaele, on high ground to the west, and the Belgian town of Ypres, visible from the cemetery a few miles away.

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