Summer Road Trip 2022 | The Menin Gate | Ypres | Belgium

The Menin Gate, Ypres

The Menin Gate dominates Ypres and it is probably the one Great War memorial that most people have heard of. It is also probably the most visited Great War memorial on the Western Front (see my post here about the daily Last Post Ceremony).

The Menin Gate was designed in classical style by Sir Reginald Blomfield. Inside and out, enormous panels bear the names of 54,896 officers and men of the Commonwealth who died in the Ypres salient between the outbreak of war and 15 August 1917, and have no known grave.

The name of my ancestor, Arthur Benjamin Darlington, can be found on Panel 37. He was my second cousin three times removed and he was a private in the South Lancashire Regiment. He died on 14 June 1917.

Side view of the Menin Gate, as seen from the Ramparts

A Memorial has been erected which, in its simple grandeur, fulfils this object, and now it can be said of each one in whose honour we are assembled today: He is not missing; he is here!

Lord Plumer of Messines | at the opening of the Memorial in 1927

5 thoughts on “Summer Road Trip 2022 | The Menin Gate | Ypres | Belgium

  1. What a tribute & so sad that “we” needed it because so many lost, although now found in these walls of thanks & recognition. That is very interesting that you found a relative.

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