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Mons 14/18 : The First and the Last
Mons 14/18 : The First and the Last
Mons 14/18 : The First and the Last

Mons 14/18 : The First and the Last

Credit : © HCT - C. Carpentier

Explore the monuments and plaques commemorating the battles of Mons, referred to as “the First and the Last”: it was in Mons in 1914 that the British armies met the german troops for the first time and suffered their first loss (John Parr). In 1918, it was also in Mons that the Canadian troops liberated the city on 11 November, the day of the armistice, and the day on which the last soldier from the British Empire (George Lawrence Price) died in the fighting.

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25 Grand Place
7000 Mons
Lat : 50.4545Lng : 3.952
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Four plaques in the porch of Mons City Hall

Three plaques commemorate the sacrifice made by Irish, Canadian and...Read more

23-25 Grand Place 7000 Mons
Lat : 50.4547Lng : 3.95225
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Plaque in the Collegiate Church of St-Waudru

It is located in the South-East transept. To the left of the porch...Read more

1 Rue du Chapitre 7000 Mons
Lat : 50.4533Lng : 3.94798
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Monument on the Place du Parc

The names of 133 soldiers from Mons and 30 civilians who died for...Read more

13-21 Place du Parc 7000 Mons
Lat : 50.4582Lng : 3.9523
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Plaque under Nimy Railway Bridge

The plaque unveiled on 9 April 1939 commemorates the bravery of two...Read more

10-28 Quai des Anglais 7020 Mons
Lat : 50.4754Lng : 3.94551
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Plaque on the Place de Nimy

This commemorates German atrocities in the Mons region where ambushes...Read more

218 Rue du Moulin de Nimy 7020 Mons
Lat : 50.4773Lng : 3.95252
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Present-day road bridge in Nimy

There was a swing bridge here. On 23 August 1914, Oskar Niemeyer committed...Read more

Rue des Viaducs 7020 Mons
Lat : 50.4789Lng : 3.9501
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Obourg station memorial

There was a swing bridge here. On 23 August 1914, Oskar Niemeyer committed...Read more

6-14 Rue de Beauval 7034 Mons
Lat : 50.4697Lng : 4.00771
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Mons Communal Cemetery

The German military command decided in 1914 to establish an extension...Read more

1 Chemin du Chêne aux Haies 7000 Mons
Lat : 50.4607Lng : 3.97843
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Commemorative lawn in Mons Communal Cemetery

The civilian victims of the First World War are also commemorated...Read more

1 Chemin du Chêne aux Haies 7000 Mons
Lat : 50.461Lng : 3.97624
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Irish Memorial at La Bascule crossroads

This crossroads was one of the strategic locations in the battles...Read more

5 Chemin des Mourdreux 7000 Mons
Lat : 50.4522Lng : 3.98023
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British and Canadian memorial of the two battles of Mons at La Bascule crossroads

The two battles of Mons in August 1914 and November 1918 were the...Read more

15 Chaussée de Beaumont 7000 Mons
Lat : 50.4518Lng : 3.98023
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Mont Panisel and Bois-là-haut battlefield

Bois-là-haut and Mont Panisel are two hills overlooking Mons, which...Read more

1 Chemin d'Adresse 7000 Mons
Lat : 50.4403Lng : 3.98335
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Saint-Symphorien cemetery

A unique and highly symbolic site: this is the place where the remains...Read more

Avenue de la Shangri 7032 Mons
Lat : 50.4327Lng : 4.01087
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Mons Memorial Museum

Place for reflection, museum, opportunity to question, interpretation...Read more

Avenue du Pont Rouge 7000 Mons
Lat : 50.4503Lng : 3.95694
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Commemorative plaque on the Place des Martyrs

There was a swing bridge here. On 23 August 1914, Oskar Niemeyer committed...Read more

99 Grand'Rue 7000 Mons
Lat : 50.4495Lng : 3.94941
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Place Charles Simonet

Charles Simonet worked for British intelligence. He was betrayed and...Read more

2 Rue du Béguinage 7000 Mons
Lat : 50.4508Lng : 3.94564
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