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Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme

Identification

Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme
Thiepval Memorial to the Missing, Thiepval Memorial, Le Mémorial de Thiepval
291837

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Structure in General

monument
existing [completed]
brick
limestone

Facts

  • The memorial was opened by the Prince of Wales in the presence of the French President on 31st July 1932; a ceremony of remembrance is held here each year on 1st July.
  • The memorial manifests itself in the form of a huge stepped arrangement of intersecting arches with a 24-metre (80-feet) high central arch.
  • Clad largely in brick, the sixteen piers are clad with Portland stone on which the names of the dead are carved.
  • Thiepval is the largest memorial to the Missing from any war in which British soldiers have died.
  • The memorial commemorates the British and South African soldiers who died at the infamous Battle of the Somme up until 20th March 1918. Of the 72,085 remembered, 90% died during the period 1st July to 18th November 1918.
  • The memorial also celebrates the Anglo-French offensive on the Somme in 1916.

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Location

80300
Thiepval
Picardie
France

Technical Data

150.00 ft
1928
1932

Involved Companies

Sir Edwin Lutyens

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
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