Good to know
- The battle of Mons on 23 August 1914 is the location of the first encounter between the British (British expeditionary force: BEF) and the Germans.
- The retreat of the BEF that takes the British to Le Cateau (France) and that will end at Zonnebeke begins in Mons as a consequence of the battle of 23 August 1914.
- The legend of the Angels of Mons, a story propagated by British soldiers engaged during the battle of Mons and recounting the presence of protective angels that enabled them to retreat. This legend resonates particularly to English ears.
- The two first Victoria Cross (Lieutenant Maurice DEASE & Private Sidney GODLEY) awarded during the First World War were for acts of bravery performed on Mons soil.
- The first (Private John PARR) and the last (Private G. ELLISON) Englishmen killed during the Great War took place in Mons.
- The last soldier killed during this conflict was on Mons soil. (The Canadian George PRICE).