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photoblog image A wide eyed look at Gheluvelt park 1of 5

A wide eyed look at Gheluvelt park 1of 5

Named after the First world war battle and which involved the Worcestershire regiment.

 

For more information Gheluvelt

A wide eyed look at Gheluvelt park 1of 5

Named after the First world war battle and which involved the Worcestershire regiment.

 

For more information Gheluvelt

comments (19)

One of the more interesting looking memorials I've seen... I'll have to look up the symbolism of the design.
Bill Phillips: It was intended to rust but unfortunately the names began to fade away too. They have now been restored.
A fine memorial Bill.
Bill Phillips: I think so too Frank
  • Chris
  • England
  • 25 May 2020, 05:04
This is a fine memorial, I wish there were more examples of this sort of artistry around..
Bill Phillips: It was not without some controversy at the time as I recall and there was a problem when the names began to fade away. Happily they have been restored
It looks like a mini-skyline from somewhere, Bill. YAY for the Worcestershires!
Bill Phillips: It does rather. I think the height of the individual pieces reflects the number of casualties in the various battles
Très beau mémorial ...une belle creation
Bill Phillips: It is unlike anything I have ever seen and I find it impressive
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 25 May 2020, 05:47
I like this point of view, Bill. A wonderful memorial too.
Bill Phillips: I think it certainly grabs your attention
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 May 2020, 06:32
an impressive memorial!
Bill Phillips: Yes I agree Philine. You hope we will never need another one
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 25 May 2020, 06:45
The slabs of white stone invite one to sit and contemplate
Bill Phillips: They do Lisl. Sadly they are also sometimes littered with empty drink cans
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 25 May 2020, 07:36
It's an interesting design. I like the inclusion of a seat people to sit and contemplate.
Bill Phillips: I like the stark simplicity of it Alan
  • Louis
  • South+Africa
  • 25 May 2020, 08:13
Somehow this reminds me of a church, but in the outdoors, then. Your fisheye is doing its work.

I took a look at the Gheluvelt write-up. In the opening paragraph, the following statement is made: "Only the British Army remained, at Ypres, to stem the advancing Germans and save the Channel Ports and Paris." Never losing a moment for propaganda.

The following from Wiki about the Belgian forces during WW1, who fought under direct command (in the field) of their king Albert 1: "It is widely claimed that the Belgian Army’s resistance during the early days of the war, with the army – around a tenth the size of the German Army – holding up the German offensive for nearly a month, gave the French and British forces time to prepare for the Marne counteroffensive later in the year."

Another quote from Wiki: "Additionally, the German Race to the Sea was stopped dead by exhausted Belgian forces at the Battle of the Yser. The dual significance of the battle was that the Germans were unable to complete their occupation of the entire country, and the Yser area remained unoccupied."
Bill Phillips: https://www.firstworldwar.com/battles/yser.htm

Clever move opening the floodgates
  • Chad
  • Somewhere+in+deep+space
  • 25 May 2020, 08:28
This is a charming memorial Bill. Impressive design.
Bill Phillips: I agree
A fine memorial Bill......I like the fish-eye effect smile
Bill Phillips: I thought the 8mm lens worked well for this Martin
where can we learn about the descriptions behind the sculpture's creation
Bill Phillips: There is some information here Alan
https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/140797
Is the monument round or are you using a special lens?
Bill Phillips: It is taken with an 8mm lens but that is how it looks if you want to learn more this link might be interesting. https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/140797
Thwe fish-eye has done a good job of getting it all in. It is a most unusual monument.
Bill Phillips: It is and I find it very impressive Brian.
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk: where the sun rises first in England
  • 25 May 2020, 14:29
I like the sculpture ...
Bill Phillips: I m pleased so many people seem to like it. Perhaps one day I will be able to take you there
this is a very fitting day to post this memorial to the First WW Bill... it's Memorial Day in the USA today....petersmile
Bill Phillips: I had not realised that when I posted this Peter, so I am happy to have it as a tribute to our friends over the other side of the Atlantic
An interestingly different memorial!
Bill Phillips: It is impressive in the "flesh"
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 26 May 2020, 20:35
what a fantastic result
Bill Phillips: It is a powerful memorial

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