Statues - Hither & Thither

Belgium
Mons
Hainaut

Grand Place 23-25
(Porche de l'Hôtel de Ville)

Memorial 5th Royal Irish Lancers

Walter Gilbert
1922

Mons /  Memorial 5th Royal Irish Lancers   Mons /  Memorial 5th Royal Irish Lancers

Description

Stone plaque with two statuettes at the top and a bronze relief at the bottom.

Mons - Memorial 5th Royal Irish Lancers

To the left probably Saint Waltrudis (St.Waudru), the patron saint of Mons, and Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.

Mons - Memorial 5th Royal Irish Lancers

Relief showing the returned Lancers welcomed by the Maire and the Curé. The scene is taken from a painting, "5th Lancers, Re-entry into Mons", last heard of in the private collection of a Belgian citizen. This in turn is almost a mirror image of a painting "5th Lancers, Retreat from Mons" (whereabouts unknown). In the former, the troopers are heading in the opposite direction to the 'Retreat', and a middle-aged priest and a pregnant woman watching the departure of the regiment among a worried-looking crowd of Belgian citizens have subtly changed: the priest is now white-haired and the mother holds up her four-year-old child, having lived through the occupation of the German forces in Mons for four years.

Inscription(s)

erected by the 5th royal
irish lancers to the memory of
the following comrades who
fell in the cause of the allies
during the great war 1914-1918

(list of names)

"Their names liveth for evermore"

Ce régiment prit part aux combats
pres de mons, a la retraite au mois
d'août 1914, et a la rentrée victorieuse
le jour de l'armistice 11 novembre 1918

War memorial - list of names

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Location (N 50°27'17" - E 3°57'7")

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Item Code: beha014; Photograph: 14 October 2017
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