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Walter King Bothwick Imrie

In memory of:

Private Walter King Bothwick Imrie

May 8, 1915

Military Service


Service Number:

51233

Age:

22

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)

Additional Information


Born:

October 19, 1892

Son of David and Helen Imrie, of Tulloch, Perth, Scotland; husband of Rose Moore (formerly Imrie), of Tan-Y-Bryn Villa, Main Rd., Ynysboeth, Abercynon, Glam., Wales.

Commemorated on Page 20 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 10 - 58

Location:


The Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War. Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and erected by the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission, it consists of a Hall of Memory", 36.6 metres long by 20.1 metres wide. In the centre are broad staircases leading to the ramparts which overlook the moat, and to pillared loggias which run the whole length of the structure. On the inner walls of the Hall, on the side of the staircases and on the walls of the loggias, panels of Portland stone bear the names of the dead, inscribed by regiment and corps. Carved in stone above the central arch are the words:


TO THE ARMIES OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO STOOD HERE FROM 1914 TO 1918 AND TO THOSE OF THEIR DEAD WHO HAVE NO KNOWN GRAVE.

Over the two staircases leading from the main Hall is the inscription:

HERE ARE RECORDED NAMES OF OFFICERS AND MEN WHO FELL IN YPRES SALIENT BUT TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH.

The dead are remembered to this day in a simple ceremony that takes place every evening at 8:00 p.m. All traffic through the gateway in either direction is halted, and two buglers (on special occasions four) move to the centre of the Hall and sound the Last Post. Two silver trumpets for use in the ceremony are a gift to the Ypres Last Post Committee by an officer of the Royal Canadian Artillery, who served with the 10th Battery, of St. Catharines, Ontario, in Ypres in April 1915."

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Inscription– Inscription on the Menin Gate - August 2012 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Menin Gate - October 2009 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Panel– Panel 10 of the Menin Gate - August 2012 … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Newspaper clipping– It's possible that John and Walter are the same person. Only the family will know for sure. John is mentioned here as died at Ypres. In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune during World War One. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me.
  • Newspaper Clipping– From the Toronto Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Inscription on Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial

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