Bishop John blesses Passchendaele memorial stones

A new memorial to the Welsh soldiers killed or injured at Passchendaele will be blessed by Bishop John at the service marking the centenary of the WW1 battle.

Seven stones, showing the cap badges of the five Welsh Regiments and two Welsh Divisions, will be unveiled during the Welsh National Service of Remembrance at the Welsh Memorial in Flanders in Langemark, Belgium, today (July 31).

They will be blessed by Bishop John at the end of the service, which will be attended by the Prince of Wales, First Minister, Carwyn Jones, and other Welsh political party leaders. The Mayor of Langemark and the Minister-President of Flanders will also be present.

The stones were donated by a quarry in Pontypridd which also gave the larger stones for the Cromlech memorial – the 9ft dragon sculpture unveiled in 2014.

The service will honour the fallen in the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) which began 100 years ago and lasted 103 days.