THE BATTLE OF ARRAS 9TH APRIL 1917 AND THE KELVINGROVE ART GALLERY GLASGOW
On Sunday 9th April 2017, it will be the centenary of the start of The Battle of Arras in France (9th April to 16th May 1917) which was a British Offensive on The Western Front. The Battle cost many lives (160,000 British and 130,000 German casualties and losses. ) It is also the centenary of the four day Battle of Vimy Ridge where there were 3,598 Canadian deaths. After the failure of The Battle of the Somme, commanders wanted a final breakthrough to end the war quickly. It was thought that the Allies would win the war if they could engage the Germans in a war of ‘movement’. This was the aim of The Battle of Arras. The British chose to attack at Arras to relieve French troops attacking at Aisne the following week. The man in charge was Field Marshal Douglas Haig.
Today, PoppyScotland is marking this historic event at The Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow where The Sculpture ‘FRANCE 1914’ created by the Edinburgh-based Sculptor, Simon Burns-Cox, will be on display for the year 2017 to 2018. The Sculpture was made to represent the last remaining tree on the battlefront and a symbol of hope. It is made from Black and Gold Portoro Marble.
At the end of the year, The Sculpture will move onto The Riverside Museum, Glasgow for the year 2018 to 2019. ‘FRANCE 1914’ will then be auctioned at the end of the three year Exhibition in aid of The Charity. Early expressions of interest should be made to Simon Burns-Cox or PoppyScotland.