Saint George's Memorial Church, Ypres

Photo:Memorial Chair

Memorial Chair

J & S Baily

Photo:Inside Church

Inside Church

J & S Baily

By John and Sylvia Bailey - Old Mansfield Society

Saint George's Memorial Church, Ypres

On a recent visit to Belgium, we discovered a memorial to fallen Mansfield soldiers at St George's Memorial Church, Ypres.

The memorial chair reads .... In Memory of L.F. Bowen Oct 9 1917 and C. Bowen May 27 1918. Sons of Thomas and Lavinia Bowen, Mansfield, Notts....

A Short History of the Church

At the end of WW1 Field Marshal French appealed for an Anglican Church to be built in Ypres as a permanent memorial to the dead but also as a meeting place for the visiting relatives. The Bishop of Fulham opened the church on Palm Sunday, 24th March 1929.

Every item in the church, the plaques on the walls and the chairs, the windows, the banners and the church furniture are all in memory of someone who gave their lives for freedom.


This page was added on 02/07/2014.
Comments about this page

The names on the memorial chair relate to Leonard Francis Bowen born 1897 and his brother Charles Bowen born 1900. The family lived at 134 Nottingham Road, Mansfield.

I am interested in knowing what has happened to the Old Mansfield Society over the past couple of years. It use to have regular talks about old Mansfield, does it still exist?

By Angela Roche
On 02/07/2014

Yes the Old Mansfield Society is still going and they have a programme of lectures every year.

By Jodie Henshaw
On 02/07/2014

How did we ever miss this one when we were there in April. Would love to have visited this Church, although there was plenty of the history of WW1 to see and take in. Ypres gives one such a strange feeling and closeness to what happened 100 years ago.

On 07/07/2014