Mémorial Aux Morts de la Guerre de 1870-1871.
A few kilometres from La Bouille on the Route Nationale, Saint-Ouen-de-Thouberville, Haute-Normandie, France, stands a war memorial commemorating local French men who were killed fighting in the Franco-Prussian war, 1870-1871.
The Monument des Mobiles is formed from a tapered, square section base surmounted by a tall, square section column. A life-size, bronze statue of a French soldier stands on top of the monument, leaning nonchalantly on his upturned rifle, bayonet fixed.
Beneath him, the following words are carved into the memorial:-
Around the column, the memorial records the locations of the conflict’s major battles and the regiments that fought:-
Ardèche – Gardes Mobiles
Eure – Gardes Mobiles
Landes – Gardes Mobiles
Loire-Inférieure – Gardes Mobiles
Basses-Pyrénées – Côtes-du-Nord Morbihan & Gardes Mobiles Artillerie
Charente-Inférieure, Calvados – Francs-Tireurs
Eure et Loir
Seine et Oise
Seine-Inférieure – Puy-de-Dôme – Francs-Tireurs
And, carved in the stonework at the base of the memorial, the words inform us that this monument was erected by public subscription in 1872 and inaugurated on 18th June 1873. It was raised in memory of those who came to the aid of France and died 1870-1871 and that it contains the remains of the dead. The final sentence, written in Latin, translates as May They Rest In Peace.
CE MONUMENT EST ERIGE A LA MEMOIRE DE CEUX QUI SONT MOURIR ICI POUR LA DEFENSE DE LA PATRIE 1870-1871.
IL RENFERME LEUR RESTES MORTES.
REQUIESCANT IN PACE.
Three marble plaques record the names of one hundred and eleven local men who were killed during this conflict. Their names are recorded with their regiments and the battles in which they died.
The Franco-Prussian war was the first widely-commemorated conflict in Europe. For the first time ever during human conflict, soldiers were bestowed military graves and cemeteries. The war memorials that were raised in France and Germany following this conflict set the precedent for what was to follow after the First World War.
The photography here is submitted to the Weekly Photo Challenge for the theme: From Every Angle.