25 July 2017

Two blind veterans give their accounts of the unveiling of the Menin Gate in 1927

Yesterday, the CWGC marked the 90th anniversary of the unveiling and dedication of the CWGC Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial with a special ceremony mirroring the service from 90 years ago.

 

First World War blind veterans, Frederick Richardson and Henry Gransby were among the many ex-soldiers who gathered in Flanders on 24 July 1927 for the dedication of the memorial.

Their first-hand accounts of the ceremony were recorded in Review, the charity magazine of the St Dunstan’s, now Blind Veterans UK, in August 1927.

 

In commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the unveiling of the Menin Gate, the charity has made an audio recording of their accounts - read by Jack Condon, Catherine Dryden and Alfie Webster, three students from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.

Frederick, who lost his sight after being wounded in France, went to Ypres to support his wife Amelia as she mourned the loss of her three brothers in the Salient.

While for Henry, Ypres had the poignancy of being the last place that he ever saw. He was blinded on 16 September 1917 in the Battle of Passchendaele.

Listen to the veterans’ first-hand accounts here.

On Sunday, commemorations marking the Centenary of Passchendaele – The Third Battle of Ypres will begin at the Menin Gate. Read more about the commemorations here.

Read more about the Menin Gate

Menin Gate: the history, design and unveiling

On 24 July, the CWGC will mark the 90th anniversary of the unveiling of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial with a commemorative service and exhibition.

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.

CWGC marks the 90th anniversary of the Menin Gate Memorial

Today, the CWGC is marking the 90th anniversary of the unveiling of the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial with a commemorative service and opening of a photographic exhibition. We will be reporting on the commemorations as they happen.