Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium

Last weekend I visited the Menin Gate in Ypres to attend the very moving daily Act of Remembrance at the Memorial. At 8pm every evening The Last Post, the traditional final salute to the fallen, is played by buglers in honour of the memory of the soldiers of the former British Empire and its allies who died in the Ypres Salient during the First World War. At around 7.30pm the traffic under the Gate was stopped and shortly afterwards members of the local Fire Brigade and Fire Brigade Buglers marched from the market square along Menenstraat to the Gate for the ceremony whilst members of the public gathered beneath the Memorial.

The Menin Gate designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield with sculpture by Sir William Reid-Dick, was unveiled by Lord Plumer on 24th July 1927. The Memorial bears the names of more than 54,000 officers and men whose graves are not known. Amongst those commemorated are the following men from Broadway:

Private George Barnett, 1st Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment who was killed in action, aged 28, on 9th July 1915.

Private William Harold Gabb, 3rd Battalion Coldstream Guards who was fatally wounded in action, aged 34, on 7th November 1914.

Captain Archibald Robert Hewitt DSO, 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment who was killed in action, aged 32, on 25th April 1915.

 

Debbie Williamson
Broadway Remembers
August 2017

 

 

 

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Remembered Today: Captain Archibald Robert Hewitt DSO

Second son of Archibald Robert Hewitt, 6th Viscount and Viscountess Lifford, of Austin House, Broadway and Hill House, Lyndhurst, Hampshire, Captain Archibald Hewitt DSO was killed in action, aged 32, on 25th April 1915.

Archibald served with the 1st Battalion East Surrey Regiment. He received his commission in 1902 and became lieutenant in 1904 and captain in 1910 and adjutant the following year. He was awarded the DSO in August 1914 at Le Cateau during the retreat of Mons for “moving out of the trenches during heavy shell fire, and bringing back men who were dribbling to the rear.” He was reported as wounded on 17th September but soon after returned to the firing line and was twice mentioned in despatches in October and November 2014.

Archibald is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 34).

Austin House, Broadway, Worcestershire

Austin House, Broadway, Worcestershire

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Debbie Williamson
Broadway Remembers