I died in hell—
(They called it Passchendaele). My wound was slight,
And I was hobbling back; and then a shell
Burst slick upon the duck-boards: so I fell
Into the bottomless mud, and lost the light.
Passchendaele or the Third Battle of Ypres: a battle that is synonymous with mud-soaked valour, and some of the most nightmarish fighting conditions of the First World War. Just a few months after Vimy, the four divisions of the Canadian Corps were sent north in October 1917 to take part in the defining campaign of the Third Battle of Ypres. Near the Belgian town of Passchendaele, Canada's soldiers would fight for higher ground once more—this time, across a shattered landscape of mud and rain-filled craters that claimed machine, beast and man.
Composition 99.99% pure silver
Finish proof with selective gold plating
Weight (g) 31.39
Diameter (mm) 38
Face value 20 dollars
Artist Pandora Young (reverse), T. H. Paget (obverse)