In response to the growing incidence of the coronavirus, from Saturday 14 March 2020 and until further notice the following measures will apply to the daily Last Post Ceremony at 2000 hours under the Menin Gate Memorial:
The ceremony will be restricted to an absolute minimum; namely, the playing of the Last Post as a tribute to the soldiers of the Commonwealth who fell for our freedom.
No public allowed under the Menin Gate and we ask people not to be present.
For more information, please see: www.lastpost.be

Country Belgium
Region West-Vlaanderen
Total identified casualties 54604 Find these records
Casualties from First World War

The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, often referred to simply as the Menin Gate, bears the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who died in Belgium and have no known grave.

Between October 1914 and September 1918 hundreds of thousands of servicemen of the British Empire marched through the town of Ypres's Menin Gate on their way to the battlefields. The memorial now stands as a reminder of those who died who have no known grave and is perhaps one of the most well-known war memorials in the world.

key features

  • The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium is one of the most well-known war memorials in the world
  • The Menin Gate is one of four memorials to the missing in Belgian Flanders, which cover the area known as the Ypres Salient
  • The memorial was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield
  • Soon after its completion the memorial became an important place of pilgrimage for visitors to the battlefields
  • Since 1928, the Last Post has been sounded every evening at 8pm under the memorial. Only during the Second World War was the ceremony interrupted
  • It was built between 1923 and 1927
The Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium

History

From October 1914 to October 1918, five major offensives occurred at Ypres (now Ieper) in Belgium. By the time the last shells fell nearly 200,000 servicemen had been killed.

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A map showing the Menin Gate in Belgium

Visit

Accessible at all times, the Menin Gate bears the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who died in the Ypres Salient, who have no known grave.

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