Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Soissons Memorial

William Lively's remains were never found or his original burial place was not located, but his name is engraved on the Soissons Memorial.

It is a World War I memorial located in the town of Soissons, in the Aisne department of France. The memorial lists 3,887 names of British soldiers with no known grave who were killed in the area from May to August 1918 during the German Spring Offensive, including the Third Battle of the Aisne and the Second Battle of the Marne.

Soissons Memorial; photograph courtesy of the Commonwealth War
Graves Commission

It is a free-standing memorial, without an associated cemetery, constructed in Portland stone. It was designed by G. H. Holt and V. O. Rees with sculpture by Eric Kennington. The memorial was unveiled on 22 July 1928 by Sir Alexander Hamilton-Gordon, who was a general in World War I, commanding IX Corps from 1916 until the end of the war.

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