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In the early months of 1914 Corporal Clarke of the Gordon Highlanders recalled that class still dominated the army and in Ypres while the men slept on floors and in outhouses, the officers slept in beds in the most affluent houses in the town: The hell they were all about to enter was to virtually destroy that differential; when men are at their Maker’s door and flying shrapnel can open that door at any minute of the day, every day, there was to be a bond built up between the two. from van Emden, The Soldier’s War Enthusiastic but untrained volunteers bolstered reserves, 51,647 enlisted in August 1914 and that figure rose to 174,901 by 5 September, just eight weeks prior to First Ypres.
First Ypres Gheluvelt The Wider Battle The Langemarck Legend Nonnebosschen Relative Quiet Second Ypres Gravenstafel St Julien Frezenberg Bellewaarde The Salient After the Battle The Legacy Further Reading Orders of Battle First Ypres Second Ypres Copyright LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS All illustrations are from the Author’s Collection, unless otherwise stated: 1 The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing. 2 Winter sunlight picks out the concrete structure that was the dressing station at Essex Farm north of Ypres where Canadian doctor Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae composed the iconic poem In Flanders Fields.
The massive war memorial at Menin is dedicated to the commemoration of British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient during the First World War and whose graves are unknown. The memorial is cut into the ramparts at the eastern exit of the town, where a fortified gate once stood, and marks the starting point for one of the main roads out of the town that led Allied soldiers to the frontline. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and built by the British government, the Menin Gate Memorial was unveiled on 24 July 1927.
Battle Story: Ypres 1914-15 by Will Fowler