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Canadian Virtual War Memorial

William Mew

In memory of:

Private William Mew

June 6, 1916

Military Service


Service Number:

73303

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment)

Division:

28th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

November 27, 1886

Commemorated on Page 135 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 18 - 26 - 28

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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  • Memorial– Inscription on the Menin Gate … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Photo of William Mew– My Gt Uncle, William Mew, born in Ryde, Isle of Wight. He was my gran's favourite brother and she named her son, my uncle, after him. He emigrated to Canada, to farm. He enlisted in Moose Jaw and joined 28th Bn, Saskatchewan Rgt. He was killed in the Battle of Mount Sorrel, Hill 62, Hooge, near Ypres. I laid a wreath for him at the Menin Gate after the ceremony for the 90th anniversary of its' unveiling, on 24th July, 2017. I also visited the battle site, which is now a beautiful place, to see where, somewhere, he is, and to walk a little in his footsteps.
  • Memorial– William Mew's name on the Menin Gate, with the wreath I laid in his memory, acknowledging his Canadian home, though an English man by birth. This was on 24th July 2017, after the ceremony for the 90th anniversary of the unveiling of the Menin Gate, which was a wonderful event. I then went back for the Last Post at 8pm. If you ever get the chance to go to that, please do - and be there early, it is always crowded!
  • Photo of William Mew– In memory of the men from the 28th Battalion CEF who went to war and did not return. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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