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CWGC Commemoration: KINGHAM, John (Private)


Media TitleCWGC Commemoration: KINGHAM, John (Private)
DateAdded 20150117
Linked toJohn Kingham (Burial)

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Ieper, Flanders, Belgium

Notes: Ypres (now Ieper), is a town in the Province of West Flanders. The Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town on the road to Menin (Menen) and Courtrai (Kortrijk). Each night at 8 pm, the traffic is stopped at the Menin Gate while members of the local Fire Brigade sound the Last Post in the roadway under the Memorial's arches.

The battles of the Ypres Salient claimed many lives on both sides and it quickly became clear that the commemoration of members of the Commonwealth forces with no known grave would have to be divided between several different sites. The site of the Menin Gate was chosen because of the hundreds of thousands of men who passed through it on their way to the battlefields. It commemorates those of all Commonwealth nations except New Zealand who died in the Salient before 16 August 1917. Those United Kingdom and New Zealand servicemen who died after that date are named on the memorial at Tyne Cot, a site which marks the furthest point reached by Commonwealth forces in Belgium until nearly the end of the war. Other New Zealand casualties are commemorated on memorials at Buttes New British Cemetery and Messines Ridge British Cemetery. The YPRES (MENIN GATE) MEMORIAL now bears the names of more than 54,896 officers and men whose graves are not known. The memorial, designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield with sculpture by Sir William Reid-Dick, was unveiled by Lord Plumer in July 1927.

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1Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium Menin Gate Memorial, Ieper, Belgium
Inaugurated in 1927, the memorial was built to honour 54,896 men who are missing, presumed dead in the Ypres Salient prior to 1917. They have no known grave.

"..He is not missing. He is here" 

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