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Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books

Monday Monuments and Memorials – Commonwealth Memorial Tablet, Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver

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Starting in 1923 and through to 1936, the Imperial (now Commonwealth) War Graves Commission erected memorial tablets in several French and Belgian cathedrals, in memory of the British Empire dead of WW1. A similar tablet was unveiled in Westminster Abbey, London in 1926.

Other countries wanted one. Two replica tablets were purchased in Canada. One (pictured here) was unveiled in Christ Church Cathedral on 11 November 1928, the 10th anniversary of the Armistice. The original inscription has since been revised to include WW2 and the Korean War, and to update “British Empire” to “Commonwealth.”

TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND TO THE MEMORY OF
COMMONWEALTH MEMBERS OF THE SERVICES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES
1914 – 1918 / 1939 – 1945 / 1950 – 1953
THEY DIED IN EVERY QUARTER OF THE EARTH IN THE AIR AND ON THE SEA
“THEIR BODIES ARE BURIED IN PEACE
BUT THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE”

Christ Church Cathedral is at the corner of Burrard and W Georgia in Vancouver.


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