Finally, a couple of memorials that seem to represent the ultimate irony of war. The stone memorial on the left marks the place where the first British shot was fired in the 1st World War, on August 22nd, 1914. The wall plaque about 50 yards away on the right marks the place where Canadian Infantry, who were pursuing the retreating Germans, ceased fire at 11am on November 11th, 1918. In the four years between those first and last shots in the small Belgian village of Casteau, hundreds of thousands lives had been lost in the trenches and battlefields on the Western and Eastern fronts.
|August 22nd, 1914 November 11th, 1918|