Vis-en-Artois Memorial to the Missing

Detail of the Vis-en-Artois Memorial to the Missing
Entrance to the Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery and Vis-en-Artois Memorial on the D939.
Entrance to the Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery and Vis-en-Artois Memorial

The Vis-en-Artois Memorial commemorates 9,847 Allied officers and men who were killed in the period from 8th August 1918 to 11th November 1918. The battle period is known by the Allies as the “Advance to Victory”. This was a series of battles fought in Picardy and Artois during the last months of the war, when the Allied Forces successfully pushed the German Army eastwards as far as Mons over the Belgian border.

The men commemorated on this memorial have no known grave. They are from the Armies of Great Britain, Ireland and South Africa.

The memorial is located at the northern end of the Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery. It comprises two 70 foot high pylons with the Stone of Remembrance in the centre section between them, and a wing on either side of the centre section containing the names of the fallen.

A sculpted relief of St. George and the Dragon is located on the wall behind the Stone of Remembrance.

Design

George and the Dragon sculpted relief on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial.
George and the Dragon on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial

the Vis-en-Artois Memorial was designed by J R Truelove. The sculptures were by Ernest Gillick.

Unveiling

Names panels and poppy wreath on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial.
Name panels on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial

The Memorial was unveiled by the Labour politician and Secretary of State for War, the Right Honourable Thomas Shaw, CBE, at a ceremony held on 4th August 1930.

Search for Names on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial to the Missing

View of the two pylons and the Stone of Remembrance.
Vis-en-Artois Memorial

Search the “Debt of Honour” Register held by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for names inscribed on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial. Go to the CWGC website and look through the casualty register at:

Website: www.cwgc.org Vis-en-Artois Memorial Casualty Records

Vis-en-Artois Memorial Location

The memorial is located on the north side of the D939 Arras-Cambrai main road at Haucourt village, just to the east of Vis-en-Artois village.

Access

The memorial is accessible to the public daily and is open at all hours.

Related Topics

Arras Memorial to the Missing
Arras Memorial to the Missing at Faubourg d'Amiens military cemetery.

Arras Memorial to the Missing

Memorials in French Flanders and Artois

Battles of the Western Front 1914-1918

Acknowledgements

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Website: www.cwgc.org