Three Upcoming Events Commemorating the Centenary of Passchendaele

2017 is a special year for a number of reasons, one being that the 100th anniversary – also known as a centenary – of the Battle of Passchendaele in WWI falls on this year.

Ruthven Park National Historic Site has a special connection to this particular battle as a member of the Thompson family who lived on the property fought and was injured in the melee. Major Andrew Ruthven Thompson was critically injured by gunfire at Passchendaele. Thankfully, he eventually recovered and returned home to Canada.

Staff are proud to announce that three events happening on site this month will commemorate and honour this battle and the sacrifices made by the Canadians who fought at Passchendaele. They are listed in chronological order below.

Lower Grand River Land Trust Annual General Meeting: Speaker Professor G. Hayes Presentation “Passchendaele and Canada: A Century On”

Date: Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Tickets/RSVP: No
Cost: Free
Address: 243 Haldimand Highway 54, Cayuga, Ontario, N0A 1E0
Location: Ruthven Park’s Coach House
Description: Professor Geoffrey Hayes teaches in the Department of History at the University of Waterloo. He describes his presentation as follows: “The Battle of Passchendaele has become deeply embedded in the popular imagination. This talk explores the context of the battle from a Canadian perspective. What Canadians too often forget is how this costly battle formed a background to two of the most dramatic events in Canadian history.” The Land Trust’s AGM will follow, and members of the public are welcome to stay for the remainder of the evening.

Passchendaele Commemoration Event

Date: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Time: 11:00am – 3:00pm
Tickets/RSVP: No
Cost: By Donation
Address: 243 Haldimand Highway 54, Cayuga, Ontario, N0A 1E0
Location: Ruthven Park’s Coach House and the grounds surrounding the building.
Description: This drop-in, rain or shine, all-ages event will feature three special guest partners. Members of the Canadian Great War Society will demonstrate trench wargare. Military Historian Andy Robertshaw will be on site to orchestrate drills and answer questions. At 1:00pm, Robert Land Academy students accompanied by a small band will present the Drum Head Service of Remembrance. This promises to be an excellent event that you won’t want to miss.

Military Historian Andy Robertshaw Presentation: “Eye Deep in Hell: The Experience of Passchendaele”

Date: Thursday, October 26, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
Tickets/RSVP: No
Cost: By Donation
Address: 243 Haldimand Highway 54, Cayuga, Ontario, N0A 1E0
Location: Ruthven Park’s Coach House and the grounds surrounding the building.
Description: Military Historian Andy Robertshaw returns to Ruthven Park once again for a presentation entitled “Eye Deep in Hell: The Experience of Passchendaele.” One of the UK’s most exciting military historians, Andy Robertshaw reveals what life was like on the frontline of history. Andy provides a unique, interactive illustration of military life to groups of all ages. He is a world-renowned expert on the First World War, and on trench warfare, in particular. He has worked on countless projects such as the films “War Horse” (2011) and “Wonder Woman” (2017). We look forward to welcoming Andy back and we hope you can join us for what promises to be a memorable evening.