Antoon Verschoot

Antoon Verschoot, MBE, Order of the Crown (Belgium) (Ypres, 19 June 1925 - 1 February 2017) was a Belgian firefighter and bugler who played the last post at the Menin Gate for many years.[1]


On 12 December 2015, Antoon Verschoot played his last "Last Post" at the Menin Gate,[2] after 65 years with the Ypres/Ieper fire brigade, which he joined in 1950. He became a bugler for the Last Post Association[3] in 1954 making him the oldest and longest serving bugler with the Association. It is estimated that Verschoot played at The Gate over 15,000 times.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Former bugler Antoon Verschoot dies at the age of 91". Last Post Association. Retrieved 11 April 2017.
  2. ^ Menin Gate
  3. ^ Last Post Association
  4. ^ "Retirement". Last Post Association. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  5. ^ "The last Last Post of Antoon Verschoot". New Zealand Herold. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2015.