Hereford & Worcester

Gheluvelt memorial in Worcester marks WW1 battle's centenary

Memorial in Gheluvelt Park, Worcester
Image caption 400 soldiers from the Worcestershire Regiment took part in the battle, 187 of them were killed or wounded

A memorial stone has been unveiled to mark the 100th anniversary of a WW1 battle involving soldiers from the Worcestershire Regiment.

The memorial is in Gheluvelt Park, Worcester, named after the battle, which took place near Ypres in Belgium on October 31, 1914.

The stone was quarried from the nearby Malvern Hills.

It was unveiled by Julia Brotherton, the granddaughter of Major Edward Hankey, who led the British troops.

Of the 400 soldiers who fought in the battle, 187 were killed or wounded.

The names of 34 men killed in the battle were read out during a ceremony led by the Bishop of Worcester, the Right Reverend Dr. John Inge.

A plaque on the stone remembers "all ranks of the Worcestershire Regiment who served their country at home and overseas".

Gheluvelt Park was opened in 1922 and has a row of bungalows for retired soldiers to live in.

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