People of Belguim 1919

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Embankment Gardens

Victoria Embankment

Charing Cross





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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Group sculpture
  • Metal Bronze
  • Stone Portland stone
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • First World War (1914-1918)
About the memorial: Belgian Armed Forces Gratitude: The memorial sculptor was V. Rousseau with Sir Reginald Blomfield the memorial architect. Embankment Gardens are close to Embankment and Charing Cross stations. Erected by the Belgian government in gratitude for the role of this country in liberating Belgium and harbouring refugees during the conflict. Bronze figures of a Belgian woman accompanied by children carrying garlands. Portland stone figures of a man and a woman representing Honour and Liberty.---------- ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Westminster Walk: Belgium became an independent country in 1830 after a revolution against the Dutch and the French. At that time Britain was a powerful country and managed to put Queen Victoria’s uncle Leopold on the throne of Belgium. As Britain then wanted to protect this throne Britain signed “The Treaty of London” in 1839 to guarantee the neutrality of the country in the event of it being invaded. When Germany invaded Belgium in 1914 this treaty was contravened and the King of Belgium asked Britain for assistance. As a result the United Kingdom declared war on Germany and in due course saved Belgium from being over-run. Some 250,000 Belgian refugees fled to the UK at the start of the war. The central bronze shows a Belgian mother with a boy & girl with two figures of a man and woman representing “Honour” & “Liberty”. There are also nine heraldic shields representing Belgian provinces. It was unveiled on the 5th anniversary of the execution of the British nurse Edith Cavell in Brussels. Designer: Sir Reginald Blomfield Sculptor: Victor Rousseau >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Route: Now continue and go passed Embankment Station to find Whitehall Gardens, cross Horse Guards Avenue and almost opposite the London Eye find the RAF memorial column by the river. Cross road for closer view ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
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