My original images of the Anglo Belgian War Memorial in London were taken in March 2013. It was not an easy memorial to photograph as ideally you need to be on the opposite side of the street. However, the street is so busy that it is incredibly difficult to find that crucial gap in the traffic.
The memorial may be found on the Embankment opposite Cleopatra’s Needle (which is equally difficult to photograph) Coordinates: 51°30′31.40″N, 0°07′14.26″W.
It is inscribed: “To the British nation from the grateful people of Belgium, 1914–1918”
It was unveiled by Princess Clémentine of Belgium on 12 October 1920.
In June 2016 I was in London again and attempted to get better images but again was stumped by the traffic on the Embankment
There had been no changes to the memorial since my last visit.
The Belgian War Memorial in St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery
This is not the only Belgian War Memorial in London though. There is one more in St Mary’s Roman Catholic Cemetery next to Kensal Green Cemetery in London. I photographed that one on 04/04/2013, but as I was about to get caught in a snow storm I did not take as many pics as I would have liked.
On my 2016 trip I returned once again to St Mary’s to try get more images of this memorial.
There is a small plot of Belgian War Graves next to the memorial.
It is a pity that there is no real way of knowing the reasons why there is a Memorial in the cemetery, although I suspect that there are quite a number of Belgian nationals buried in it. I have seen a number of Belgians buried in Southampton Old Cemetery as well as Netley Military Cemetery, there is even one buried in Johannesburg, South Africa. Such was the global reach of the world wars.
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