BATTLE OF MESSINES - Map of the battle, depicting the front on 7 June and subsequent action until 14 June 1917.

BATTLE OF MESSINES - Map of the battle, depicting the front on 7 June and subsequent action until 14 June 1917.

William remembers fallen soldiers who fought in the battle of Messines Ridge in 1917, 100 years ago today

Prince William marks centenary of Battle of Messines Ridge

William remembers fallen soldiers who fought in the battle of Messines Ridge in 1917, 100 years ago today

Prince William during the commemoration of the centenary of the battle of Messines ridge, at the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Mesen, Belgium

Prince William marks centenary of Battle of Messines Ridge

Prince William during the commemoration of the centenary of the battle of Messines ridge, at the Island of Ireland Peace Park in Mesen, Belgium

10 June 1917, Battle of Messines; Captured German field gun, 7.7cm FK 96 n.A. near Wytschaete. ©IWM Q 5480

10 June 1917, Battle of Messines; Captured German field gun, 7.7cm FK 96 n.A. near Wytschaete. ©IWM Q 5480

10 June 1917,  Battle of Messines, near Kemmel. Wounded man on a stretcher is taken to the rear on a trolley, by the side walks a military chaplain. ©IWM Q 5626

10 June 1917, Battle of Messines, near Kemmel. Wounded man on a stretcher is taken to the rear on a trolley, by the side walks a military chaplain. ©IWM Q 5626

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Astrid of Belgium and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny look at tombstones as they arrive to attend a wreath-laying ceremony during the Battle of Messines Ridge commemorations at the military cemetery in Wijtschate, Belgium, on June 7, 2017. The Battle of Messines took place June 7-14, 1917 and was an offensive conducted by the British Second Army, during the First World War. LENOIR

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Astrid of Belgium and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny look at tombstones as they arrive to attend a wreath-laying ceremony during the Battle of Messines Ridge commemorations at the military cemetery in Wijtschate, Belgium, on June 7, 2017. The Battle of Messines took place June 7-14, 1917 and was an offensive conducted by the British Second Army, during the First World War. LENOIR

11 June 1917; General view showing the destruction of Oosttaverne Wood, including the trenches taken by the British during the Battle of Messines Ridge. ©IWM Q 2304

11 June 1917; General view showing the destruction of Oosttaverne Wood, including the trenches taken by the British during the Battle of Messines Ridge. ©IWM Q 2304

WWI, 7 June 1917, Battle of Messines; Gunners of the Royal Field Artillery unloading shells from a pack horse. ©IWM  (Q 5467)

WWI, 7 June 1917, Battle of Messines; Gunners of the Royal Field Artillery unloading shells from a pack horse. ©IWM (Q 5467)

The Duke of Cambridge (L), Princess Astrid of Belgium (C) and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny attend the Battle of Messines Ridge commemorations in Messines on June 7, 2017. The Battle of Messines took place June 7-14, 1917 and was an offensive conducted by the British Second Army, during the First World War. /

The Duke of Cambridge (L), Princess Astrid of Belgium (C) and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny attend the Battle of Messines Ridge commemorations in Messines on June 7, 2017. The Battle of Messines took place June 7-14, 1917 and was an offensive conducted by the British Second Army, during the First World War. /

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Astrid of Belgium and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny attend a wreath-laying ceremony during the Battle of Messines Ridge commemorations at the military cemetery in Wijtschate, Belgium, on June 7, 2017. The Battle of Messines took place June 7-14, 1917 and was an offensive conducted by the British Second Army, during the First World War. LENOIR

Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Princess Astrid of Belgium and Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny attend a wreath-laying ceremony during the Battle of Messines Ridge commemorations at the military cemetery in Wijtschate, Belgium, on June 7, 2017. The Battle of Messines took place June 7-14, 1917 and was an offensive conducted by the British Second Army, during the First World War. LENOIR

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