Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing

Last weekend I visited Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing outside Passchendaele near Zonnebeke in Belgium. Tyne Cot is the largest cemetery for Commonwealth forces in the world for any war and commemorates nearly 12,000 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War and the Memorial another 35,000 men. The scale of the site is overwhelming and like other Commonwealth War Grave Commission sites the grounds are beautifully maintained, and at the time of my visit rows of ‘Remembrance’ red floribunda roses planted in front of the wall of panels and amongst some of the headstones were in full bloom.

In the Visitor Centre on the approach to the Cemetery, a recorded voice reads out the names of each of the servicemen listed as ‘missing in action’ and there was a display of medals, letters and photographs of some of the men. Amongst the men commemorated on the Memorial to the Missing is Leonard Frank Green, son of Harold Joseph and Mary Ann Green, High Street, Broadway. Corporal Leonard Green of the 1st/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment was killed in action, aged 20, on 27th August 1917.

 

 

Debbie Williamson
Broadway Remembers
August 2017

 

 

 

 

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Remembered Today: Corporal 240841 Leonard Frank Green, 1/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment

Leonard Frank Green, known as Len, was born in Birmingham on 2nd September 1896, the second son of Harold and Mary Green. Len grew up in Sparkhill but by 1911 his father, a tailor, had opened an outfitters on the High Street, Broadway, and Len completed his education at Broadway Council School.

Len enlisted in September 1914 and joined the 1/8th Battalion Worcestershire Regiment. Len was posted to the Western Front at the beginning of April 1915. In April 1917 the battalion was involved in the Battle of Passchendaele and Len was killed in action, aged 20, on 27th August 1917. Len’s body was never recovered and he is commemorated on Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium. Len is also commemorated on the Broadway War Memorial and Broadway Council School Memorial Board.

Len is one of 48 commemorated on the Broadway War Memorial. Further information about Len and his fellow men from Broadway commemorated on the memorial can be found in ‘Broadway Remembers’ (a not-for-profit publication published to coincide with the global First World War Centenary commemorations led by IWM. Proceeds to the Poppy Appeal).