This was the scene of an operation launched in June 1916 to detonate nineteen underground mines beneath the German lines.

They then travelled to Hill 60, east of Ypres which was the scene of horrific gas attacks that left hundreds dead.

Hill 60 was heavily shelled and mined by both sides and today its peaceful woodland undulations serve as a memorial to the countless soldiers who still lie beneath the ground there.

Moving to Hooge Crater, WO1 Simon Geen took the opportunity to brief the team on his familial ties to the site where his Great Grandfather fought and died in 1915.

The final day coincided with a memorial held at Varlet Farm in Passchendaele which the MIXG team were proud to support.

The strongly fortified farm was finally taken by Hood Battalion, Royal Naval Division in October 1917 after fierce fighting that all but decimated the buildings.

In fact by 1918, nothing of the original farm remained, although rebuilding commenced in 1922.

The memorial service commemorated 100 years since this fierce battle and was attended by descendants from all across the Globe.

Members of the MIXG team presented the current owner of Varlet Farm with an Ensign signed with a personal message on behalf of the Royal Navy and laid a wreath at nearby Tyne Cot cemetery where 11,900 World War One servicemen lie.

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