In October 1914, the British and French Armies arrived in Ypres, taking up defensive positions to the east in order to hold up the advance of the German Army. In the subsequent four years of warfare almost every building in the town was destroyed as the Allied Forces defended the Ypres Salient.
Today the town has been rebuilt, and the countryside returned to peaceful purposes. At the Menin Gate, one of the many memorials to the dead and missing of the battles in the Ypres Salient, the Last Post has been played every evening at 8:00 p.m. since 1928.
Five of the men named on the Great Easton War Memorial died in Belgium, and are also commemorated on graves or memorials there.
Sidney BASS — Remembered at Dozinghem Military Cemetery
Cyril HARRIS — Remembered on Tyne Cot Memorial
George JARVIS — Remembered on Ploegsteert Memorial
James PATIENT — Remembered on Menin Gate
Thomas STAMMERS — Remembered on Menin Gate
This map shows the approximate locations of these memorials near Ypres: