Three plaques commemorate the sacrifice of Irish, Canadian and American soldiers. The fourth plaque embodies the town of Douai recognition, whose inhabitants found refuge in Mons in September 1918.
Place Charles Simonet
Charles Simonet worked for the British intelligence services. Betrayed, he was arrested on 20 June 1915 by the German police and executed on 6 November 1915 at the National shooting range in Brussels. The symbol of freedom erected in the centre of this small square pays tribute to him.
Commemorative Plaque of Place des Martyrs
Once at the centre of the village of Nimy, German troops took civilians hostage and used them as a human shields to cross Mons. Once on this square, exchanges of fire sowed confusion, and four hostages were killed instantly.
Mons Memorial Museum
A place of reflection, a museum, a space for examination, an interpretation centre, and more. This museum space invites visitors of all ages to ponder the many complex realities of wartime events.
Saint Symphorien Military Cemetery
A unique and highly symbolic place; here the remains of the first and last British soldiers who died in the First World War are buried. This cemetery also stands out for containing an almost equal number of British and German graves.
Battlefield site of Mont Panisel and Bois-là-haut
Bois-là-haut and Mont Panisel are two raised areas overlooking the city of Mons offering excellent observation points, especially towards Saint Symphorien. During the two battles of Mons, these hills would play host to some violent battles.
British and Canadian memorial to the two battles of Mons
The two battles of Mons in August 1914 and November 1918 are the first and last battles by British Empire troops during the First World War. Winston Churchill personally wrote the English text engraved on this monument.
The municipal cemetery in Mons
As early as 1914, the German military authorities decided to create an extension north of the Mons municipal cemetery. After the war, all the soldiers’ remains would be gathered in this cemetery. This includes 74 Russian soldiers, 9 Romanians, 2 Belgians, 3 Germans and 393 soldiers of the British Empire.
Obourg station memorial
At this point, on the morning of 23 August 1914, the first shots of the Battle of Mons were fired on either side of the canal. A total of 353 soldiers and 15 British officers were wounded or killed in this clash.
Place de Nimy Plaque
It commemorates German acts of violence in the Mons region where sniping triggered bloody reprisals. In Nimy, 22 civilians were killed. Quaregnon (66 civilians killed), Ville-Pommeroeul (14), Flénu (12) and Jemappes (11) were not spared.
The Pont-Route (road bridge)
You are on the left side of the salient, defended by the 4th Royal Fusiliers. The salient was created by the bend in the canal.
The 4th Royal Fusiliers defended positions between Nimy road bridge and Mons station, which included four bridges: the road bridge of the park entrance, the drawbridge of lock n° 6, the railway bridge of the Paris-Brussels line and the road bridge of the Chaussée de Bruxelles.