The morning that I visited here it was foggy,grey, and dreary...out of the mist as we drove closer I could clearly see the figure of the lone soldier...head bowed in respect as if the man was tired and worn.
During the war this part of the Salient was given the nickname "Vancouver Corner"...
The Memorial marks the battlefield where 18,000 Canadian soldiers withstood the first gas attacks that the World had ever known...the 22nd to the 24th of April,1915. Two thousand soldiers did NOT survive and lie buried in nearby cemeteries.
The "soldier" stands 11 meters above a stone-flagged court, "The Brooding Soldier" rests atop a single shaft of granite.The stone for the shaft was cut in quarries of the Vosges,in France, and the bust of the soldier was carved in Brussels..
The designer of the monument was a Regina architect, Frederick Chapman Clemesha, who was wounded while serving with the Canadian Corps during the war.
The inscription on the Memorial states that " THIS COLUMN MARKS THE BATTLEFIELD WHERE 18,000 CANADIANS ON THE BRITISH LEFT WITHSTOOD THE FIRST GERMAN GAS ATTACKS THE 22ND-24TH OF APRIL 1915. 2,000 FELL AND HERE LIE BURIED "
The first link Ive included provides information about the Memorial itself...the second link leads you to a description of the battle of Ieper where the gas attacks occurred.
This is the Canadian Memorial in Ypres where, in 1917, Blunden and his battalion were in the front line. The column is situated at a crossroads where about 18000 Canadian soldiers withstood the first poison gas attack of the Germans in April 1915 during the Great War (WWI).
Memorial to remember the 3000 Canadian victims of the counterattacks after the German gas attack on April 22nd, 1915.
F. C. Clemshaw pictured a soldier resting on the butt of his gun: "Rest on your arms reversed".
This is a haunting memorial to Canadians who lost their lives in the Flanders area during World War 1
This monument dedicated to the Canadians depicts a soldier resting with joined hands on the butt of his reversed gun.
The Canadian Forces Memorial. This memorial was erected in remembrance of the Canadian soliders who died on 22nd April 1915.