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 The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flemish Region, West Flanders, BELGUIM



Latitude: 50.85206784428134, Longitude: 2.891281843185425
The Menin Gate Memorial

The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is one of four British and Commonwealth memorials to the missing in the battlefield area of the Ypres Salient in Belgian Flanders. The memorial bears the names of 54,389 officers and men from United Kingdom and Commonwealth Forces (except New Zealand and Newfoundland) who fell in the Ypres Salient before 16th August 1917 and who have no known grave.
The Menin Gate, shown on a British Army Trench Map, on the east side of Ypres. Allied troops leaving the town through this gateway would cross the moat and make their way east into the Ypres Salient battlefields. Many of them would turn right onto the Menin Road. (1) The Menin Gate, shown on British Army Trench Map 28 NW4.

The names are engraved in Portland Stone panels fixed to the inner walls of the central Hall of Memory, to the sides of the staircases leading from the lower level to the upper exterior level, and on the walls inside the loggias on the north and south sides of the building.

The photograph is taken looking westwards into the city centre of Ypres (now known by its Flemish name of Ieper). The belfry of the famous Cloth Hall (the Lakenhalle) on the market place (Grote Markt) is visible through the memorial's archway.

The road leading from the market place to the Menin Gate Memorial is the Meensestraat. This road continues through the Menin Gate Memorial and becomes the Marshalk Frenchlaan. This road is named after Field Marshal Sir John French, who was appointed to the title of 1st Earl of Ypres after the war. He was the first commander of the British Expeditionary Force (B.E.F.) from the time when it landed in France in August 1914 to December 1915. After approximately 150 metres there is a crossroads and, taking the right turn, the road becomes the Meenseweg: the road to Menen. In 1914 Menen was known by its French name of Menin. This road became known to the British Army as

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 #   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Buried   Person ID   Tree 
1. SHORT, Walter Thomas   d. 31 Jul 1917 The Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Flemish Region, West Flanders, BELGUIM Find all individuals with events at this location I1447 Short Family Tree Misc 

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