The construction of the Menin Gate took place between 1922 and 1927. This well-known war memorial commemorates Commonwealth soldiers who died during World War One.
The Menin Gate in Ypres is one of the most famous war memorials in the world. It bears the names of 54,896 Commonwealth soldiers who were reported missing in the Ypres Salient between the outbreak of war and 15 August 1917. It’s also the location of the Last Post, a deeply moving ceremony that takes place at 8 pm every evening under its arches.
In a recent post I covered the reconstruction of Ypres after its total destruction during the First World War. I mentioned that I would be describing the building of the Menin Gate separately. This was because Katrien and Steven who run B&B La Porte Cochère in Ypres recently sent me some fascinating photos of the construction of the Menin Gate. They were particularly interesting as Steven’s grandfather was closely involved in the building’s construction. They kindly allowed me to share them here.
Thank you Katrien and Steven for sharing these photos of your family and the construction of the Menin Gate. And thank you Stefaan for the contemporary photos.
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