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Last post at the Menin Gate

HRH Duke Of Kent leads tributes on occasion of 30,000th sounding of last post at Menin Gate Memorial

09 July 2015

With more than 54,000 names engraved upon it, the Menin Gate is the second largest memorial to the missing in the care of the CWGC.

The sounding of the Last Post has taken place every night at the Menin Gate since 1928 in memory of those who died in the Ypres Salient during the First World War. Today, thousands of pilgrims from all over the world gather under the Gate each night to listen to the Last Post and to remember.

HRH The Duke of Kent said: "As President of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the organisation responsible for the creation and upkeep of the magnificent and deeply moving Menin Gate, it gives me great pleasure to thank the people of Flanders, and especially Ieper and members of the Last Post Association, for continuing to honour the sacrifice of our fallen.
Families whose loved ones were lost in the terrible battles in the fields of Flanders have derived great comfort from the ongoing commitment of the Belgian people to continue commemorating the fallen.

On behalf of us all, I offer warm thanks and hope that this nightly act of remembrance will continue to inspire and resonate with visitors to the battlefields, in perpetuity."

For more information, contact: Peter Francis on 01628 507163 or 07766 255884 or by email peter.francis@cwgc.org

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Notes for editors:

1. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (www.cwgc.org) maintains the graves of the 1.7 million Commonwealth servicemen and women who died during the two world wars. It also holds and updates an extensive and accessible records archive available online at www.cwgc.org


The CWGC operates in over 23,000 locations in 154 countries across all continents
except for Antarctica.

2. The Menin Gate Memorial

The Menin Gate is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders which
cover the area known as the Ypres Salient.

The site of the Menin Gate was chosen because of the hundreds of thousands of men who passed through it on their way to the battlefields. It commemorates casualties from the forces of Australia, Canada, India, South Africa and United Kingdom who died in the Salient. In the case of United Kingdom casualties, only those prior 16 August 1917 (with some exceptions). United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot, a site which marks the furthest point reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium until nearly the end of the war. New Zealand casualties that died prior to 16 August 1917 are commemorated on memorials at Buttes New British Cemetery and Messines Ridge British Cemetery.

The Memorial now bears the names of more than 54,000 officers and men whose graves are not known. It was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield with sculpture by Sir William Reid-Dick and was unveiled by Lord Plumer on 24 July 1927.

3. A Tribute for the Tribute

To mark the 30,000th sounding of the Last Post, a series of commemorative events are taking place at fire stations around the world.  More information can be found at 'A Tribute for the Tribute'

4. Menin Gate App

The Last Post Association will launch the Menin Gate App on 9 July. The app offers the user the ability to find all of the more than 54,000 soldiers who are commemorated on the memorial. The App also contains details of a soldier's story for each day of the year.