Menin Gate Memorial (Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing of the Ypres Salient) Back to Search

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Location Menin Road, Ieper (Ypres), Provincie West-Vlaanderen (West Flanders) - Flanders, Belgium
Type memorial
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"He is not missing - he is here"  

Field Marshal Sir Herbert Plumer, at the inauguration of the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing 1927.

The Menin Gate is the most famous landmark in the city of Ieper, the contemporary Flemish spelling of the city’s name.  It was known to the WW1 Diggers by its French spelling, Ypres, pronounced ‘eeper’, but the Diggers invariably pronounced it as “Wipers”.

The Menin Gate was rebuilt after the Great War.  It marks the site of the Medieval city gate and sits astride the road that exits the city walls and leads to Menin; the Menin Road.

It serves as the Commonwealth Memorial to the Missing, and commemorates 55,000 Commonwealth soldiers killed in the vicinity, who have no known grave.  6,000 Australians are among their number.  Another 35,000 are commemorated at the nearby Tyne Cot Cemetery.  

The 55,000 names are inscribed in unit order, on tablets that form the walls of the Gate structure.

Every evening at 6pm, the Ieper Fire Brigade Buglers sound the Last Post and a wreath laying ceremony is conducted by the many visitors who pass through this picturesque town.

Each year the surrounding farmland gives up more remains of soldiers that were lost in the mud and misery of the surrounding fields in battles such as Menin Road, Polygon Wood and Passchendaele.  More recently some have been identified by DNA analysis.

Iper itself was completely destroyed by shellfire during WW1.  It was rebuilt to original drawings of the city, kept secure from the carnage wrought on the city by the war.  The town is dominated by the spectacular Cloth Hall, which marks the city’s connection to the lace and cloth trade dating back to a medieval trade centre and market.

 

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Opened 24 July 1927
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MELVILLE, Thomas Harold

Service number 2211
Lance Corporal
45th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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BAMBACH, Clarence John

Service number 6604
Private
20th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born May 1890

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KERBY, John Rawling

Service number 1935A
Private
34th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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COX, Robert Elder

Service number 1581A
Private
19th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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GIBB, Curnow Pacey

Service number 780
Private
43rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 5 Sep 1897

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CLASOHM, William James

Service number 254
Private
43rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 16 Oct 1894

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RYAN, John Patrick

Service number 2412
Sergeant
31st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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RIGNEY, Cyril Spurgeon

Service number 2042
Private
43rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 22 Feb 1897

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