23 July 2017
Rare material from the CWGC archive on the Menin Gate
Tomorrow, the Commission will mark the 90th anniversary of the unveiling of the CWGC Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial with a ceremony mirroring the event from 90 years ago, and the launch of a photographic exhibition.
The CWGC cemetery containing the graves of First World War poets Lance Corporal Francis Ledwidge and Private Ellis Humphrey Evans – better known as Hedd Wyn – is being restored a century after their deaths.
Today, 21 February, marks 101 years since the sinking of the SS Mendi and is also South Africa’s Armed Forces Day. The sinking was one of the worst maritime disasters in British waters, and among the darkest moments of South Africa’s war. The number of lives lost was second only to the casualties suffered by the South African Brigade at Delville Wood during the Battle of the Somme in 1916.