On the front of this medal, a veiled woman sits among the ruins of the city of Ypres, while an angel behind her points at the burning Cloth Hall and belfry. Both buildings were burnt down after German attacks in November 1914. On the back of the medal, we can see the ruins of the Cloth Hall and the belfry in 1918. The image of the Cloth Hall is one of the major symbols of World War One for Belgians. The city of Ypres and surroundings were completely destroyed during the fighting.
- Full title:
- Medal showing damage to Cloth Hall, Ypres
- Held by:
- Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)
- © Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België (Bibliotheque Royale de Belgique)
- Article by:
- Dan Todman
- Representation and memory
Dr Dan Todman considers how remembrance and memorialisation have been used by nations and communities to negotiate the overwhelming losses of World War One.