The Loos Memorial Cross and Bow

Loos Cross with the original Tosh Cemetery site behind
Loos Cross with the original Tosh Cemetery site behind
In October 2015 parishioners and friends of St Mary's, together with eight students from St Paul's Way Trust School, visited the site of the Battle of Loos. This had been fought in France exactly 100 years ago.
In October 2015 parishioners and friends of St Mary's, together with eight students from St Paul's Way Trust School, visited the site of the Battle of Loos. This had been fought in France exactly 100 years ago. �
For a short time the battlefield cross stood, once again, near the men whose rough graves it had marked in October 1915. �
For a short time the battlefield cross stood, once again, near the men whose rough graves it had marked in October 1915. �
Book cover showing Memorial Cross, from Battle of Loos
The Bow Church Memorial Cross and the Battle of Loos, 1915 St Stephen’s, St Mary’s and the Poplar and Stepney Rifles by Clive Elderton and Andrew Sargent 72pp, full colour throughout St Mary’s Church Bow, in East London, is home to a wooden cross erected on the battlefield of Loos in northern France during the First World War. It bears the names of 13 men who died there in October 1915. Most were members of the Poplar and Stepney Rifles. This book tells the story of the ‘Poplars’ who fought and died at Loos, and the journey of the Loos Cross from France to St Stephen’s, North Bow, and then to St Mary’s. It also records the centenary visit to the battlefield, by members and friends of Bow Church and students from St Paul’s Way Trust School.

St Mary’s Church Bow, in East London, is home to a wooden cross erected on the battlefield of Loos in northern France during the First World War.

The cross bears the names of 13 men who died there in October 1915. Most were members of the Poplar and Stepney Rifles. This book tells the story of the ‘Poplars’ who fought and died at Loos, and the journey of the Loos Cross from France to St Stephen’s, North Bow, and then to St Mary’s. It also records the centenary visit to the battlefield, by members and friends of Bow Church and students from St Paul’s Way Trust School.

 

There is a full history of the Loos Cross and an account of our visit in The Bow Church Memorial Cross and the Battle of Loos, 1915: St Stephen’s, St Mary’s and the Poplar and Stepney Rifles by Clive Elderton and Andrew Sargent. For details see Publications
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