Loos Memorial

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Loos Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Dud corner cemetery-Loos memorial-2.jpg
View of the cemetery with the apses and Cross of Sacrifice of the memorial in the background
For British and Commonwealth forces
Unveiled4 August 1930
Location50°27′37.98″N 02°46′17.05″E / 50.4605500°N 2.7714028°E / 50.4605500; 2.7714028Coordinates: 50°27′37.98″N 02°46′17.05″E / 50.4605500°N 2.7714028°E / 50.4605500; 2.7714028
Designed bySir Herbert Baker (architect)
Sir Charles Wheeler (sculptor)
To the glory of God and in memory of 20,598 officers and men of the forces of the British Empire who fell in the Battles of Loos and Béthune and other actions in this neighbourhood, whose names are here recorded but to whom the fortunes of war denied the known and honoured burial given to their comrades in death.[1]
Statistics source: Cemetery details. Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

The Loos Memorial is a World War I memorial forming the sides and rear of Dud Corner Cemetery, located near the commune of Loos-en-Gohelle, in the Pas-de-Calais département of France. The memorial lists 20,610 names of British and Commonwealth soldiers with no known grave who were killed in the area during and after the Battle of Loos, which started on 25 September 1915. This memorial covers the same sector of the front as the Le Touret Memorial, with each memorial commemorating the dead either side of the date of the start of the Battle of Loos.

Designed by Sir Herbert Baker, the sculptures were by Sir Charles Wheeler. The memorial was unveiled on 4 August 1930 by Sir Nevil Macready. General Macready served as Adjutant-General of the British Expeditionary Force from the outbreak of the war to February 1916, and then served as Adjutant-General to the Forces until a few months before the end of the war.

Notable commemoratees[edit]

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

Loos Memorial 10 March 2017 on the way to commemorate Private Charles Frederick Halford.

Also commemorated on this memorial are:


  1. ^ John Kipling, Rudyard Kipling and the Battle of Loos Archived 2012-08-02 at Archive.today, Kipling Journal, December 1983, pages 8-9
  2. ^ [1] List of Victoria Cross Holders on the Loos Memorial, France.
  3. ^ [2] CWGC Casualty Record, Walter Michael Dickson.
  4. ^ [3] CWGC Casualty Record, Douglas Lambert.
  5. ^ [4] CWGC Casualty Record, The Hon Charles Thomas Mills.
  6. ^ [5] CWGC Casualty Record, Charles Hamilton Sorley.
  7. ^ Casualty details—Garnons Williams, Richard Davies, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved on 16 April 2009.

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