Pozieres Memorial

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Pozieres Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
For forces of the United Kingdom and South Africa
Unveiled 4 August 1930
Location 50°02′02.61″N 02°42′54.65″E / 50.0340583°N 2.7151806°E / 50.0340583; 2.7151806Coordinates: 50°02′02.61″N 02°42′54.65″E / 50.0340583°N 2.7151806°E / 50.0340583; 2.7151806
Designed by William Harrison Cowlishaw
Laurence A. Turner (sculptor)
In memory of the officers and men of the Fifth and Fourth Armies who fought on the Somme battlefields 21 March - 27 August 1918 and to those of their dead who have no known grave
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The Pozieres Memorial is a World War I memorial, located near the commune of Pozieres, in the Somme département of France. The memorial lists 14,692 names of British and South African soldiers with no known grave who were killed between 21 March 1918 and 8 August 1918 during the Second Battle of the Somme, in the period known as the Spring Offensive. The cut-off date of 8 August 1918 refers to the start of the period known as the Advance to Victory.[1]

Designed by William Harrison Cowlishaw, with sculpture by Laurence A. Turner, the memorial consists of a colonnade of wall panels forming the far border of a cemetery, and including a Cross of Sacrifice. The inscription is over the entrance archway to the cemetery. The memorial was unveiled on 4 August 1930 by Sir Horace Smith-Dorrien, who had served as a general commanding the British II Corps and the British Second Army during World War I.[1]

Three Victoria Cross recipients are commemorated on the memorial,[2] under their respective regiments:


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pozieres Memorial. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved December 2009.
  2. ^ [1]List of Victoria Cross Holders on the Pozieres Memorial, France.


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