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During WWI a seemingly endless stream of men passed down the Menin Road to the front. Thousands lost their lives in the Ypres Salient, the remains of over 90,000 were never found or identified. They are, therefore, lost with no known grave and the Menin Gate provides their memorial; the names of almost 55,000 inscribed in the warm Portland stone. HDR photo of the Menin Gate near Ypres on Remembrance Day55,000 sounds like a pretty big number, but it wasn’t until seeing the names so closely inscribed on every surface of this vast Memorial that it sank home to me just how big a number, and how many men, that really is. And then you have to remind yourself that this constitutes only half of those lost with no known grave, which in turn is only a fraction of the 16,000,000 that died – and then are the additional 20,000,000 wounded …. will we never learn ….

(All images are copyright to Noeline Smith)

EXIF data: Nikon D200, ISO 100, 1/3s, f14.0 at 10mm. RAW file converted with Capture NX2

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