Great War 100 Reads

Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Monument aux morts, Arras, France

Le monuments aux morts (monument to the dead) in Arras stands in Place du Maréchal Foch in front of the Hotel Angleterre, facing the train station. The work of sculptor Félix-Alexandre Desruelles, the limestone monument was dedicated on 22 November 1931.

The epitaph is Arras : à ses enfants morts pour la défense du droit. (Arras: to its children who died for the defense of right.)

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton, NB

Christ Church Cathedral, at 168 Church St in Fredericton, New Brunswick, was built in the gothic revival style in the mid-1800s and rebuilt in 1911-1912 after lightning struck and fire gutted the spire and choir.

The memorial to the members of the congregation who fell in WW1 takes the form of a bronze tablet below a cross of stones set into the southwest tower pier. The stones were from ruined altars in the Cathedrals of Arras and Ypres, brought by the Rt Rev J A Richardson, Bishop of Fredericton at the time. Continue reading