The Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.

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. Above = The 3 buglers who played the 'last post' at the ceremony under the Menin Gate.

Photos of the daily service at the Menin Gate.

   This service was in July 2002.

Above and right = Terry Smith, Cambridgeshire British Legion Standard Bearer, remembering the dead during the service under the Menin Gate, July 2002. Above = Jack  Boatman, from Kimbolton, representing Cambridgeshire British Legion saying "We Shall Remember Them" at the ceremony under the Menin Gate, July 2002.

THEY SHALL RECEIVE A CROWN OF GLORY THAT
FADETH NOT AWAY

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Inscription over internal staircase

 

Over one side of the memorial staircase is the inscription:  

IN MAIOREM DEI GLORIAM

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF

OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN

YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM

THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED

THE KNOWN AND HONOURED

BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR

COMRADES IN DEATH.

 

 Over the central arch is inscribed the words:  

 

 TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH

EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM

1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF

THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO

KNOWN GRAVE.

 

The memorial arch at Ypres, commonly known as the Menin Gate, commemorates the names of almost 55,000 dead from the armies of the British Commonwealth who fell in and around the Ypres Salient.  It records the names of the men who have no known final resting-place.  The Memorial was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial War Graves Commission to consists of an arch of Memory to the men who fought and died in the Ypres Salient. At each side there are staircases that lead to ramparts, overlooking a moat. The inner walls of Portland stone  panels contain the names the of the dead, inscribed by regiment and rank.  

A simple ceremony takes place every evening at 8:00 when the police close the road to traffic and two or more buglers, sound the Last Post under the memorial. 

The names are recorded alphabetically on each panel under Regiment and then by rank - many men that originally served in the HCB

are recorded on this memorial to the missing.

 

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12/07/2017

 Martyn Smith