The Menin Gate B&B
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Nice to hear from people at home. Hope your having a ice time away from home. I hope ruby gets lots of love. Yesterday we left Albert and drive to Ypres in Belgium! There wasn't even boarder security between the two countries. We just went over a bridge and all of a sudden the signs were slightly different and so was the road. It was weird. …
So we are sitting on a train to Munich (via Frankfurt) as we begin to make our way down to Croatia. Which gives me some time to tap away at the keyboard and reflect on the past few days since we left Paris.
From Paris we went to Brugge - a beautiful little place in Belgium that has elements of a fairytale. Perhaps more normal if you live in Europe, but for us the cobblestones ...
... must see place
After that we went on to Menin Gate and placed a poppy near one of the Feast boys!! Thanks to Roger, we were told to stay around and hear the evening 'service' that comprised of the last post, a choir and wreath laying. There were many hundreds there for the daily affair and luckily we knew to arrive by 7pm for the 8pm service.
... all morning and into the afternoon, the battalion were losing lots of men but also causing problems for the Germans The German worked round in a pincher movement and broke the line . As a result the Monmouthshire regiment were forced to retreat . Many of the men who were killed were from B. company as they did not give ground and chose to fight and many did so until the last ammunition. Many men became prisoners during the battle.
What is sad is that ...
... the fallen up until 16th August 1917. Those who died from that date until the end of the war are mentioned on panels at Tyne Cot cemetery. There are 34,984 of them. People come from around the world to take part in this ceremony each night and we have been surprised by the large crowds there the last 3 nights when we have attended.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Menin Gate B&B Ypres
Very impressive gate and evening service
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