12 Oct 1917 and 26 Oct - 10 Nov 1917
Passchendaele 1917

This page describes one of the 21 battle honours won by the 15th Battalion CEF and it is one of 10 that are emblazoned on the Regimental colour.

Passchendaele, one of the costliest operations in Canadian military history, was fought in the Ypres Salient (26 Oct – 11 November 1917) on a battlefield which was a morass of deep slimy mud, water filled shell craters and dead bodies. For the soldiers of 15th Battalion, it was a very different battle experience, one that demanded logistical more than tactical skill, as they undertook a Corps support role along with the other units of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade. Struggling through constant rain, mud and enemy artillery and aerial bombardment, the Highlanders completed road repairs and transported rations, water, ammunition and trench equipment to Front Line units. They also dug artillery gun pits, prepared sandbags to reinforce trenches and provided security for key rear area positions, such as Wurst Farm. However, their greatest contribution to this fight was as stretcher bearers for the wounded, a task which often found them struggling through mud and water for hours to get Canadian casualties to battlefield medical aid stations. Suffering many losses, as in previous engagements, the 15th Battalion earned this Battle Honour performing their support duties to the same high standard as they had their combat tasks in earlier battles.

For additional information see Passchendaele on the Canadian War Museum web site.

Passchendaele map

Nov 16, 2014: Click this link to see CBC interview with Pte Wallace Carroll on YouTube


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