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Richard Addison Brocklebank

In memory of:

Lance Sergeant Richard Addison Brocklebank

June 23, 1916

Military Service


Service Number:

154984

Age:

44

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Pioneers

Division:

1st Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

November 23, 1871

Commemorated on Page 58 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

Panel 32

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

  • Newspaper clipping– THE CALGARY DAILY HERALD 3 APRIL 1918
  • Newspaper clipping– THE CALGARY DAILY HERALD 3 APRIL 1918
  • medal
  • Inscription on Menin Gate– Inscription on the Menin Gate, photo courtesy of Marg Liessens.
  • Central Methodist Montage– Central Methodist (United) Church, Calgary, Alberta.  The Memorial Tablet has the following dedication:  IN LOVING MEMORY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE CONGREGATION OF CENTRAL METHODIST CHURCH AND SUNDAY SCHOOL WHO SERVED IN  THE GREAT WAR.  The Memorial Tablet was unveiled on Sunday, July 1st, 1923.
  • Central Methodist Memorial Tablet– Detail of World War One Memorial Tablet at Central Methodist (United) Church in Calgary. There are 204 names in total listed. The central section lists 36 names on the Roll of Honour while the two outside sections list the men who served and survived the war.

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