Exeter War Memorial

Kompas Exeter Instagram feed (1 July 2016)

It was one of the bloodiest battles in human history. 100 years today, British and French troops launched an operation that would eventually leave over one million men injured or dead. The Battle of the Somme didn’t end WWI, but no-one can argue that this months-long assault on the then-German Empire wasn’t devastating. With Exeter City FC holding a special ceremony this afternoon to remember four players killed in the battle, today may also be the day to visit one special tribute to local heroes who lost their lives in WWI. Towering above the city in Northernhay Gardens, the Exeter War Memorial was designed by British sculptor John Angel, and erected by public subscription in 1923. Over the decades, numerous ceremonies have been held around the 31ft-high memorial – and from now until 9 July, an extremely special installation "Shrouds of the Somme" visualises in breathtaking detail the 19,240 Allied servicemen who died on 1 July 1916. "In proud and grateful memory of the men and women of Exeter and of Devon who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918,” the Exeter War Memorial reads. “Their name liveth for evermore.” #Exeter #Devon #NorthernhayGardens #WWI #WorldWarOne #WorldWarOneMemorial #WWIMemorial #BattleoftheSomme #Somme #Memorial #Sculpture #Garden #Kompas #KompasExeter #VisitDevon #100years #JohnAngel #Centenary #WarMemorial

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It was one of the bloodiest battles in human history. 100 years today, British and French troops launched an operation that would eventually leave over one million men injured or dead. The Battle of the Somme didn’t end WWI, but no-one can argue that this months-long assault on the then-German Empire wasn’t devastating. With Exeter City FC holding a special ceremony this afternoon to remember four players killed in the battle, today may also be the day to visit one special tribute to local heroes who lost their lives in WWI. Towering above the city in Northernhay Gardens, the Exeter War Memorial was designed by British sculptor John Angel, and erected by public subscription in 1923. Over the decades, numerous ceremonies have been held around the 31ft-high memorial – and from now until 9 July, an extremely special installation “Shrouds of the Somme” visualises in breathtaking detail the 19,240 Allied servicemen who died on 1 July 1916.
“In proud and grateful memory of the men and women of Exeter and of Devon who gave their lives in the Great War 1914-1918,” the Exeter War Memorial reads. “Their name liveth for evermore.”

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