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Work completed on replacing memorial plaques on the Menin Gate at Ieper

08 June 2012

Commonwealth War Graves Commission staff have successfully replaced 33 plaques on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

Each of the plaques bears the names of some of those who fell in the Ypres Salient in the First World War and have no known grave.  

The original plaques had become eroded. Staff at the Commission's Northern Europe Area office in Ieper believe the problem was a micro climate - a wind pattern within the stair well where the plaques are sited.

The thickness of the new Portland stone plaques is 75mm, compared with 100mm in the originals. This will allow for an air gap and for a waterproof membrane between the back of the stones and the brick wall.

The plaques are held in place with a dry fix system, using stainless steel fishtail anchors into the brickwork and bronze dowels between each plaque.   

Click here to discover the completed plaques and images of the work in progress.