Saint Julien Memorial

Saint Julien Memorial, Ieper (Ypres)

Saint Julien Memorial
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Randy M
Calgary, Canada12 contributions
Canadian Memorial
Aug 2019
One of the many memorials for Canadian solders of the Great War, with this one commemorating the gas attacks on the Canadian trenches. Having seen it on TV for so may years during Remembrance Day ceremonies, it was wonderful to see it in person.
Written March 31, 2020
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Patricia G
Worcester, UK981 contributions
Sobering memorial
Feb 2020 • Couples
The Brooding Soldier is easily visible from the highway, but it's worth pausing on your journey to pay your respects. With his bowed head and deeply thoughtful
pose, he commemorates the victims of the first known use of gas in warfare.
The design for this monument won its originator second prize in a memorial competition.
Written February 23, 2020
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Terry P
Arlington, United States58 contributions
Oh Canada
Sep 2019
This memorial was under renovation when we visited, buts its a very well kept and beautiful memorial to the Canadian troops that suffered through the first gas attacks of the war.
Written February 15, 2020
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Harrison F. Carter
Cologne, Germany9,620 contributions
A powerful & appropriate simplicity
Mar 2019
We were fortunate to visit with a group of people from all different kinds of military backgrounds and experiences... listening to their stories held such a resonance at this site. The design of this memorial encourages and creates a special level of thought.
Written November 25, 2019
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abdinohunter
Calgary25 contributions
Site of first gas attacks in World War 1
Sep 2019
This site commemorating Canadian Soldiers repelling the first gas attacks in World War 1 is a beautiful garden surrounding a very poignant monument.
Written November 19, 2019
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Stewart C
Chatham, UK796 contributions
Striking in its simplicity but captures a nations grief.
Sep 2019
We visited the Saint Julien Memorial otherwise known as the ‘Brooding Solidier’ during a two day trip to Ypres. I had planned to visit some memorials and cemeteries in the area and this memorial lay on our route between the two military cemeteries at Tyne Cot and Langermark.
Situated at a crossroads of the N313 and the ‘Zonnebekestraat’, there is a small amount of (free) parking close by. The monument dominates the immediate area and commemorates the Canadian troops stand during the second battle of Ypres and in particular against the first use of poison gas during World War 1 as an offensive weapon.
The tall white stone memorial reflecting the afternoon sunshine is topped by the head and shoulders of a bowed Canadian soldier is striking in its simplicity but captures a nations grief. At the foot of the monument is a circular stone base with neatly trimmed grassed areas and surrounded by mature Cedar trees.
Despite being near a main road the area was very peaceful and the visitor has the opportunity to admire the memorial in a spirit of quiet reflexion.
Written September 13, 2019
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bonvogagealison!
Belfast, UK101 contributions
Loved The Brooding Soldier!
Jul 2019
On first sight of The Brooding Soldier I was mesmerised! The height of it is amazing and the facial features are truly real. The statue is on part of the road known as Vancouver Corner and is dedicated to the Canadian soldiers who endured and died during the first gas attacks by Germany in the First World War.

Take the opportunity to see this as stopping at this memorial is so worth it. Very emotional.
Written August 3, 2019
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Simpataco
Chester, UK32 contributions
Monumental monument
Jun 2019
Sited on the crossroads with a small car park adjacent, this Canadian monument stands tall in the landscape. The soldier on top stands in tribute to his fallen comrades of the first mass gas attack which came from Langemark, which is a short distance away in the direction he is facing. The sadness and beauty of this monument can cause conflict within oneself but the craftmanship has to be admired.
Written August 1, 2019
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Dan W
Portland, OR1,983 contributions
A Touching Memorial and Lesson in History
Jun 2019 • Couples
Our tour of battlefields, cemeteries and memorials took us to this memorial, It was erected in honor of the Canadians who struggled against the chlorine gas attacks made by the Germans. They had no gas masks, but carried on fighting using wet handkerchieves to combat the gas. I've heard of the gas attacks in WW1 but never learned so much in details as on this trip.
Written July 23, 2019
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KellyS3210
Norfolk, UK676 contributions
Worth a visit
Jul 2019 • Business
The memorial is extremely impressive and honours 2000 Canadians that died due to a gas attack. It is worth a visit.
Written July 7, 2019
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