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The St Julien Memorial (with statue known as "The Brooding Soldier") commemorates the Canadians who experienced the first poison gas attacks on the Western Front. A fitting, dignified and poignant monument to those who served. A must visit on the Ypres Salient.
I have been lucky a visited this memorial a couple of times. Whilst in the are on vacation with my wife and sister in law I brought them to see it. Even though the site is right on a cross roads it is very peaceful....More
This memorial is only a 20 min ride by city bus. $3euros. There is a small parking lot for tour buses and cars. People only seem to stop here for a few minutes. If a bus tour drops by just wait they will be gone...More
August 30, 2018 - We visited this Canadian Memorial while on a day trip from Brussels. The memorial is also known as “The Brooding Soldier” and commemorates the Canadian 1st Division in action on 22 to 24 April 1915. The Canadian division held its position...More
The simplicity and elegance of the memorial understates the importance of the commemoration. This is the first battle where gas was used in the Great War with dramatic casualties for both British and Canadian forces. The losses are simply astounding. Most Australians are likely to...More
The Brooding Soldier is one of the finest memorials in Flanders, made all the more at night when illuminated. Its relative simplicity make it all the more beautiful, and the fact that it is effectively the first memorial to thise killed in a gas attack...More
The memorials in this area are very poignant and moving to visit. This area of Langemark has many different monuments to visit, each has a board next to it to explain the significance. If you are confused (as I was) by all the different names...More