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Ypres Collection

Ypres, a city forever etched in the annals of history

Background imageYpres Collection: The Canadians at Ypres - William Barnes Wollen

The Canadians at Ypres - William Barnes Wollen
The Canadians at Ypres 1915 - This depicts the Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry at Bellewaerde Ridge on 8th May 1915

Background imageYpres Collection: Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, VC

Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, VC
Captain Noel G. Chavasse was Medical Officer to the 1/ 10th Battalion of the Kings Liverpool Regiment during the First World War

Background imageYpres Collection: Tank in Battle of Menin Road, Ypres, Belgium, WW1

Tank in Battle of Menin Road, Ypres, Belgium, WW1
A British tank at the Battle of Menin Road, Ypres, Belgium, during the First World War. Some of the crew have come out for a breath of fresh air while waiting for the order to advance. Date: 1917

Background imageYpres Collection: Painting by Hs Power, artillery and horses at Ypres, WW1

Painting by Hs Power, artillery and horses at Ypres, WW1
Painting by the Australian war artist Harold Septimus Power (1877-1971), showing artillery going into action before the Battle of Ypres

Background imageYpres Collection: British soldiers 1917

British soldiers 1917
Men of the East Yorkshire regiment, silhouetted, make their way around shell craters at Frezenberg, during the Third Battle of Ypres

Background imageYpres Collection: Ruins d Ypres with wooden frame from a Cloth Hall beam

Ruins d Ypres with wooden frame from a Cloth Hall beam
Ruins d Ypres 1918. Framed in a wooden frame with an inscribed plaque which reads This frame made from a piece of beam from the Cloth Hall, Ypres. Paul Mansard

Background imageYpres Collection: Australian troops at remains of Chateau Wood, Passchendaele, 1917

Australian troops at remains of Chateau Wood, Passchendaele, 1917
WWI: PASSCHENDAELE, 1917. Australian troops walking along duckboards through the remains of Chateau Wood, during the Battle of Passchendaele in Belgium. Photograph, 29 October 1917

Background imageYpres Collection: Northumberland Fusiliers at St Eloi 1916

Northumberland Fusiliers at St Eloi 1916
Northumberland Fusiliers wearing German helmets and gas masks captured during the fighting at St Eloi, near Ypres, on 27th March 1916

Background imageYpres Collection: In the Famous Plug Street Wood by Matania

In the Famous Plug Street Wood by Matania
A relief party marching back to the trenches through Ploegstreet Wood (known as Plug Street), south of Ypres. The scarred trees lining the soldiers route bear the scars of shelling

Background imageYpres Collection: Main Town Square, Ypres, Belgium, Europe

Main Town Square, Ypres, Belgium, Europe

Background imageYpres Collection: Brooding Soldier - Canadian Memorial, Vancouver Corner - WWI

Brooding Soldier - Canadian Memorial, Vancouver Corner - WWI
The memorial commemorates the 18, 000 Canadian soldiers who withstood the first gas attack on April 22/24 1915 (Battle of Ypres), suffering over 2, 000 casualties

Background imageYpres Collection: Ten postcards Ypres, Before, During and After the War

Ten postcards Ypres, Before, During and After the War
Ten postcards. Ypres, Before, During and After the War - Series. No. 3. Photographed by Antony of Ypres. Commemorative Art

Background imageYpres Collection: Ruins of Ypres

Ruins of Ypres
Ruins of the cloth hall in Ypres, Belgium on the Western Front during World War I

Background imageYpres Collection: Battle of Passchendale

Battle of Passchendale
60 pounder guns in action near Langemarck, Belgium in the first Battle of Passchendale during World War I on 12th October 1917

Background imageYpres Collection: Opening of Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

Opening of Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium
The Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium, unveiled and dedicated by Field-Marshal Lord Plumer, 24 July 1927 Date: 1927

Background imageYpres Collection: WW1 - White Chateau, Hollebeke in ruins

WW1 - White Chateau, Hollebeke in ruins
circa 1910s

Background imageYpres Collection: Menin Gate memorial, Ypres 1927

Menin Gate memorial, Ypres 1927
The Menin Gate memorial at Ypres, dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers killed in the Ypres Salient of World War One and whose graves are unknown

Background imageYpres Collection: Cloth Hall on fire, Ypres, Belgium, WW1

Cloth Hall on fire, Ypres, Belgium, WW1
The Cloth Hall on fire, Ypres, Belgium, First World War. Date: 1914

Background imageYpres Collection: Come Lad, Slip Across and Help, recruiting poster from World War I, pub. by The

Come Lad, Slip Across and Help, recruiting poster from World War I, pub. by The
" Come Lad, Slip Across and Help", recruiting poster from World War I, pub. by The Parliamentary Recruiting Committee, London, 1915 (colour litho)

Background imageYpres Collection: The Canadians at Ypres, 1915

The Canadians at Ypres, 1915, depicting the Princess Patricias Canadian Light Infantry at Bellewaerde Ridge on 8th May 1915

Background imageYpres Collection: Repulsing the famous Prussian guard at Ypres

Repulsing the famous Prussian guard at Ypres. With the British Army on the Western Front - published in 1916 for Tatler and Sphere, though the illustration was first done in 1914

Background imageYpres Collection: Le Premier Volume de la bible en francoiz historiee et nouvellement imprimee, ca. 1501

Le Premier Volume de la bible en francoiz historiee et nouvellement imprimee, ca. 1501. [Adam and Eve, from a bible in French]

Background imageYpres Collection: The newly opened Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

The newly opened Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium
The newly opened Menin Gate (eastern entrance), Ypres, Belgium, a WW1 war memorial. Date: 1927

Background imageYpres Collection: The Ypres Cloth Hall in Belgium

The Ypres Cloth Hall in Belgium. This is in the West Flanders province of Belgium

Background imageYpres Collection: WORLD WAR I: BELGIUM, 1918. Map showing the zone of war operations in western Belgium

WORLD WAR I: BELGIUM, 1918. Map showing the zone of war operations in western Belgium, the ports of Ostend and Zeebrugge, the line of battle on 28 September 1918

Background imageYpres Collection: Passchendaele - soldiers in mud near Ypres in Belgium during World War I, 1917 (print)

Passchendaele - soldiers in mud near Ypres in Belgium during World War I, 1917 (print)
3793844 Passchendaele - soldiers in mud near Ypres in Belgium during World War I, 1917 (print); (add.info.: Passchendaele - soldiers in mud near Ypres in Belgium during World War I)

Background imageYpres Collection: Men of the 8th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment going up to the line near Frezenberg

Men of the 8th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment going up to the line near Frezenberg
1581605 Men of the 8th Battalion, East Yorkshire Regiment going up to the line near Frezenberg during the Third Battle of Ypres, 5th October 1917 (b/w photo) by Brooks

Background imageYpres Collection: Construction of Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

Construction of Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium
Construction of the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium, a WW1 war memorial. circa 1926

Background imageYpres Collection: The Last Post by C. E. Turner

The Last Post by C. E. Turner
Buglers sounding the Last Post at 9pm before the British monument to fallen soldiers at Ypres, the Menin Gate. Date: 1930

Background imageYpres Collection: Statue of Field Marshal Haig - Edinburgh Castle

Statue of Field Marshal Haig - Edinburgh Castle
A statue of Field Marshal Haig on horseback at the Esplanade, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland. Field Marshal Douglas Haig

Background imageYpres Collection: Ypres Tower, Rye (colour litho)

Ypres Tower, Rye (colour litho)
667913 Ypres Tower, Rye (colour litho) by Quinton, Alfred Robert (1853-1934); Private Collection; (add.info.: Ypres Tower, Rye.); © Look and Learn

Background imageYpres Collection: Sherwood Foresters Memorial, Passchendaele Museum

Sherwood Foresters Memorial, Passchendaele Museum
The memorial is on the outside wall of the Museum and was presented to the Commune of Zonnebeke (in which the Museum lies)

Background imageYpres Collection: Opening ceremony, Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

Opening ceremony, Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium
Opening ceremony of the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium, by Field Marshal Lord Plumer, 24 July 1927. 1927

Background imageYpres Collection: Sappers & Miners / Hill 60

Sappers & Miners / Hill 60
Sappers and miners of the Royal Engineers drive a tunnel under Hill 60 at Ypres, obliterated by a mine fired by the British in April 1915

Background imageYpres Collection: An ammunition column passing through Ypres, 1917

An ammunition column passing through Ypres, 1917. Captain Gilbert Holiday, Royal Field Artillery (1879-1937). Holidays Early Life Was Spent In St

Background imageYpres Collection: Ruins of Ypres

Ruins of Ypres
Ruins of the Cathedral in Ypres, Belgium on the Western Front during World War I

Background imageYpres Collection: Letter Y and Z: Ypres and Zouave. Little French alphabet. Hachette and Cie, publisher, Paris

Letter Y and Z: Ypres and Zouave. Little French alphabet. Hachette and Cie, publisher, Paris, 1917 (lithograph)
DUV4204726 Letter Y and Z: Ypres and Zouave. Little French alphabet. Hachette and Cie, publisher, Paris, 1917 (lithograph); 30.5x23.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Illustrations by J. M. Porta)

Background imageYpres Collection: Indian Cavalry fighting with the British Army, World War One

Indian Cavalry fighting with the British Army, World War One
1756534 Indian Cavalry fighting with the British Army, World War One ; (add.info.: official english photo : coming back at the stationing on english front after battle)

Background imageYpres Collection: Ruins of the historic market halls of Ypres, Belgium, 1915

Ruins of the historic market halls of Ypres, Belgium, 1915
1746310 Ruins of the historic market halls of Ypres, Belgium, 1915; (add.info.: Ruins of the historic market halls of Ypres, Belgium, 1915); Photo: Tallandier

Background imageYpres Collection: Postcard, in Colors, circa 1923: Ypres - les halles - War of 14 -18, Destruction buildings, Ypres

Postcard, in Colors, circa 1923: Ypres - les halles - War of 14 -18, Destruction buildings, Ypres
ICA4839403 Postcard, in Colors, circa 1923: Ypres - les halles - War of 14 -18, Destruction buildings, Ypres; (add.info.: Postcard, in Colors, circa 1923: Ypres - les halles - War of 14 -18)

Background imageYpres Collection: English 1st Corps under Douglas Haig Hold Lines Outside Ypres

English 1st Corps under Douglas Haig Hold Lines Outside Ypres
3032348 English 1st Corps under Douglas Haig Hold Lines Outside Ypres; Private Collection; (add.info.: English 1st Corps under Douglas Haig Holds The Lines Outside Ypres); © Don Troiani

Background imageYpres Collection: Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres, from The History of the Great War

Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres, from The History of the Great War, pub.c. 1919
3502811 Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres, from The History of the Great War, pub.c. 1919; (add.info.: Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres)

Background imageYpres Collection: Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres, 1852 - 1925

Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres, 1852 - 1925
2915223 Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres, 1852 - 1925. British officer serving as the first Commander-in-Chief of the British Expeditionary Force, World War I

Background imageYpres Collection: 9.2 inch battery of howitzers awaiting an order at Birr Cross Roads, Ypres, during Octoberr 1917

9.2 inch battery of howitzers awaiting an order at Birr Cross Roads, Ypres, during Octoberr 1917
2915219 9.2 inch battery of howitzers awaiting an order at Birr Cross Roads, Ypres, during Octoberr 1917. From the magazine Twenty Years After The Battlefields of 1914-1918 Then

Background imageYpres Collection: Ruins of the historic market halls of Ypres, Belgium, 1915

Ruins of the historic market halls of Ypres, Belgium, 1915
1746311 Ruins of the historic market halls of Ypres, Belgium, 1915; (add.info.: Ruins of the historic market halls of Ypres, Belgium, 1915); Photo: Tallandier

Background imageYpres Collection: Parish church (Parochiekerk Sint-Maarten). Painting. 'The siege of Ypres'. Joris Liebaert. 1659

Parish church (Parochiekerk Sint-Maarten). Painting. "The siege of Ypres". Joris Liebaert. 1659
7142061 Parish church (Parochiekerk Sint-Maarten). Painting. "The siege of Ypres". Joris Liebaert. 1659.; (add.info.: Parochiekerk Sint-Maarten, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen)

Background imageYpres Collection: Letter Y: Ypres. Little French alphabet. Hachette and Cie, publisher, Paris, 1917 (lithograph)

Letter Y: Ypres. Little French alphabet. Hachette and Cie, publisher, Paris, 1917 (lithograph)
DUV4204732 Letter Y: Ypres. Little French alphabet. Hachette and Cie, publisher, Paris, 1917 (lithograph); 30.5x23.5 cm; Private Collection; (add.info.: Illustrations by J. M. Porta. 8 pages)

Background imageYpres Collection: Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres

Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres, aka The Viscount French (colour litho)
3252861 Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres, aka The Viscount French (colour litho); Private Collection; (add.info.: Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French)



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Ypres, a city forever etched in the annals of history. From the iconic painting "The Canadians at Ypres" by William Barnes Wollen to Hs Power's depiction of artillery and horses amidst the chaos of World War I, this Belgian town witnessed it all. British soldiers in 1917 fought valiantly on its war-torn streets, displaying unwavering courage like Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for his exceptional bravery. The Brooding Soldier stands tall at the Canadian Memorial in Vancouver Corner, serving as a poignant reminder of the sacrifices made during WWI. Tanks rumbled through Ypres during the Battle of Menin Road, their steel behemoths shaping the course of history. Australian troops stood amidst the remains of Chateau Wood in Passchendaele 1917, their resilience echoing throughout time. Not forgotten are those brave Northumberland Fusiliers who held their ground at St Eloi in 1916. Matania's masterpiece "In The Famous Plug Street Wood" captures both beauty and devastation simultaneously experienced within Ypres' borders. Beyond its wartime significance lies Ypres' Main Town Square - once bustling with life but now bearing scars from Europe's darkest days. Ten postcards tell tales before, during and after war; each image revealing fragments of a resilient community that refused to be defeated. Today, only ruins remain as silent witnesses to past horrors endured by this remarkable city. Yet amid these remnants emerges hope for a brighter future – one where remembrance ensures that such devastation is never repeated again.