Centenary of Passchendaele battle, synonymous with the horrors of the first world war, marked by 20,000 blood-red poppies falling from the Menin Gate

As the sun went down on Ypres, the shale grey stone floor of the old Belgian town’s Menin Gate, the world’s first memorial to those who fell but who were never found during the first world war, was slowly covered by 20,000 blood-red poppies falling from its high arch.

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