Trip to Flanders and Menin Gate
To commemorate the centenary of the end of World War I.
Monday 18th June 2018
Forty-nine members and friends of Canterbury Branch of Kent FHS visited Flanders Fields to commemorate the centenary year of the end of WWI. Our guide was Peter McCourt a Military Historian with assistance from our Chairman David Wood. Reportedly ..'an excellent day was had by all'.
They travelled to France via the shuttle and their first port of call in Belgium was the Passchendaele Memorial Museum.
They followed a route through the Flanders Fields that included Tyne Cot Cemetery where they laid a wreath on behalf of all members of the Society. Tyne Cot is the last resting place for more than 11,900 servicemen of the British Empire from WWI.
The day ended in Ypres with the very moving Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate which takes place at 8pm every day. The gate bears the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who have no known grave.
Link to the report of our guide Peter McCourt's talk: 'The Four Battles of Ypres'
Thanks to Marion for the use of the photos in the Gallery below.