Saint Julien Memorial
Saint Julien Memorial
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Melania2000
Ieper (Ypres), Belgium73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
This is one of the Canadian memorials that got me the most. The statue itself demands reflection, but also the smell of the Canadian pines all around the memorial really hit home. It is worth the small detour after/before visiting the Menin Gate in Ieper.
Written 6 October 2023
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bonvogagealison!
Belfast, UK99 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 3 August 2019
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Chris L
Riverview NB Canada618 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
A very haunting memorial with the image of the soldier looking down. While not a cemetary it holds the ghosts of the soldiers that died in the first gas attacks. Very tastefully done with gardens in the back of the memorial and places to sit and reflect.
Written 19 October 2014
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Randy M
Calgary, Canada12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 31 March 2020
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Patricia G
Worcester, UK1,197 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 23 February 2020
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Terry P
Arlington, United States72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 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 15 February 2020
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Christina T
Poulton Le Fylde, UK66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Friends
Went to see this memorial, nicknamed the brooding Canadian. It was erected in honour 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.
Written 4 June 2019
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afrobain
Fife, UK161 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Friends
also called the brooding soldier, its a magnificent statue paying tribute the the canadian soldiers that experienced gas attacks in the area
Written 10 April 2019
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Sue H
Skipton, UK143 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Couples
The St Julien Memorial (with statue known as "The Brooding Soldier") commemorates the Canadians who experienced the first poison gas attacks on the Western Front. A fitting, dignified and poignant monument to those who served. A must visit on the Ypres Salient.
Written 17 November 2018
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gmac66
San Antonio, TX255 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
The memorial commemorates the Canadian First Division's participation in the Second Battle of Ypres of World War I which included fighting in the face of the first poison gas attacks along the Western Front. The German Army unleashed the gas attack on 22 April 1915. For 48 hours the Canadians held the line until they were relieved by reinforcements on the 24 April. 6,035 Canadians - or one man in every three who went into battle - became casualties; of that number, approximately 2,000 (or one man in every nine) were killed. The 'Brooding Soldier' is sculpted to form the bowed head and shoulders of a Canadian soldier. The soldier's hands resting are on the butt of his down-turned rifle in the 'arms reversed' position, a pose used as gesture of mourning and respect for the fallen. Surrounding the column and central terrace are gardens of tall cedars trimmed into the shape of artillery shells and low cut cedars trimmed to look like shell explosions. Some of the soil was brought from various locations from across Canada.
Written 20 February 2018
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