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Brooding Soldier - Canadian Memorial, Vancouver Corner - WWI

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Brooding Soldier - Canadian Memorial, Vancouver Corner - WWI

The memorial commemorates the 18, 000 Canadian soldiers who withstood the first gas attack on April 22/24 1915 (Battle of Ypres), suffering over 2, 000 casualties. Designed by Frederick Champan Clemesha it is generally regarded as one of the finest of all war memorials of this or any war. Date: circa 1930s

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Attack Battlefield Battlefields Beautiful Brooding Chapman Corner Frederick Julien Salient Vancouver Wreaths Ypres


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This evocative photograph captures the Brooding Soldier - Canadian Memorial at the Vancouver Corner in London, England, dedicated to the 18,000 Canadian soldiers who bravely withstood the first gas attack during the Battle of Ypres on April 22/24, 1915. The memorial, designed by the renowned British sculptor Frederick Charles Champan Clemesha, is a poignant tribute to the 2,000 Canadian casualties suffered during the 2nd Battle of Ypres. The Battle of Ypres, also known as the Battle of St. Julien, took place in the Saint Julien Salient, a strategic position in the Ypres battlefields of the Western Front during World War I. The first gas attack, using chlorine gas, was a turning point in the war, marking the beginning of chemical warfare. The Brooding Soldier Memorial, with its intricate details and beautiful craftsmanship, is generally regarded as one of the finest war memorials of this or any war. The statue depicts a Canadian soldier in deep contemplation, symbolizing the immense sacrifice and bravery of the Canadian soldiers during this pivotal moment in history. The memorial is adorned with wreaths and flowers, paying homage to the fallen heroes and reminding us of the enduring impact of their sacrifice. The haunting image of the brooding soldier, standing guard over the memorial, serves as a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made during the First World War and the importance of remembering the past.

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