The Menin Gate is a Memorial and record of the more than 54 000 men that lost they're lives in the Ieper Salient up to 1917 and have NO KNOWN burial location.
Those that were lost after 1917 and have NO KNOWN burial location,approximately 12000, are listed on the Memorial at Tynne Cott Cemetery.In addition to these two memorials the men of New Zealand and Newfoundland Armies that have NO KNOWN burial location are listed on other memorials...
I wont go into much detail because the information is available many times over here at VT and throughout the Internet..I will tell you though that of the names listed here, 557 are members of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, a unit that was originally formed in my home city of Ottawa Ontario Canada in 1914.
Safe to say its more than a little overwhelming to view this memorial...its just mind boggling to see the rows upon rows of names.
I helped an older Welsh man locate a name of someone that he was looking for...There were others doing the same and I myself had a list of three or four men that I knew were listed on the panels...I found them.
Fondest memory: Names are engraved in Portland stone panels fixed to the inner walls of the Hall, to the sides of the staircases and inside the loggias on the north and south sides of the building.
This memorial does not include the names of the missing of New Zealand and Newfoundland forces, who are named on separate memorials.
The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield. He was one of four Principle Architects engaged in directing the construction of over 1,200 British and Commonwealth cemeteries and memorials along the Western Front for the Imperial War Graves Commission...now known as the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Favorite thing: The Meense Poort, Menin Gate, only a few minutes walk from the market square, is the memorial statue, built on the site of the old gate which served as the main route for British soldiers heading for the front. It's wall is covered with names of 50000 British and Commonwealth soldiers who died in Ypres Salient, but never had a grave, who where missing or burried "Only known to God". Here since 1929, every evening at 8 pm, the Last Post is sounded.
Favorite thing: It's great to see that more people are attending the Last Post ceremony at the Menin Gate. The hush that falls over the memorial is a real act of respect. My only gripe is that sometimes the crowd bursts into applause when the buglers have finished. I don't understand it. It's not a concert. What next? Encores and requests! The local Fire Service personnel undetake this duty faithfully every night. If you want to thank them why not go and speak to them personally.
Favorite thing: I would advise you to stay the night so that you can go to Menin Gate at 20.00 and experience the ceremony. Everyone go quiet as Ieper firemen sound the Last Post on their bugles and scores of allied groups lay wreaths in the monument. This takes place almost every day of the year.
THE LAST POST IS A UNIQUE EVENT.
Crowds start assemblying at 7:00 pm .
Crowd size can vary so you have to position yourself correctly to have the best view.
The buglers stand at the north entrance to the Gate.
Guest choirs stand on the east side of the Gate.
Presenters of wreaths will be positioned on the east side of the Gate and will walk across the road to present the wreaths on the west side of the Gate.
As 8:00 pm approaches rope barriers are erected so north south movement is not possible.
At about 7:50 pm the crowd is allowed on to the road on the south side of the gate.
This is probably the best view but it is the farthest distance from the buglers.