Antoon Verschoot

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Antoon Verschoot

Antoon Verschoot, MBE, Order of the Crown (Belgium) (Ypres, 19 June 1925 - 1 February 2017) is a firefighter Corporal and a bugler.


On 12 December 2015, Antoon Verschoot played his last Last Post at the Menin Gate,[1] after 65 years Ypres with the Ypres/Ieper fire brigade, which he joined in 1950. He became a bugler for the Last Post Association[2] in 1954 making him the oldest and longest serving bugler with the Association. After a few presses on the calculator, we have estimated that he must have played at The Gate over 15,000 times![3][4]


  1. ^ Menin Gate
  2. ^ Last Post Association
  3. ^ "Retirement". Last Post Association. Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "The last Last Post of Antoon Verschoot". New Zealand Herold. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2015.