Gemeente De Panne

Statue for military victims of Adinkerke and the Veurne-Bewesterpoort (WW1 - WW2) EN

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Title               Statue for military victims of Adinkerke and the Veurne-Bewesterpoort (WW1 - WW2)
Design            Octave (?) Rotsaert (°1885, Bruges – †1964, Bruges)
Material          Belgian Blue Stone, bronze
Installation     1922
Location         Heldenweg

This monument was created to commemorate the twenty-one soldiers from Adinkerke who died during the First World War. It originally stood in Noordhoekstraat but now rests in Heldenweg, next to the entrance to the Belgian military graveyard in Adinkerke.

Until 1940, a Krupp canon was positioned behind the statue. This was removed by the Germans during the Second World War. The names of the victims of the Second World War were added in 1950.

A bronze image of a soldier stands atop a Belgian Blue Stone plinth. The soldier stands with his legs spread, with a raised head, and with arms crossed over his rifle. To the right of the soldier, there is a lion with an open mouth and its claws resting on a German helmet.