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Andrew Bodrov

In Memory of My Mother

Robert Bilsland

Remembering the Fallen

Gheluvelt Park, Worcester, Worcestershire, England, UK

21 September 2013, 14:43 UTC (15:43 local time)

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© 2013 Robert Bilsland, All Rights Reserved.

Caption

Sometime numbers can be overwhelming, so large you just can't visualise them. This war memorial cleverly brings together a quiet place for contemplation along with a way of visualising the number of fallen from World War I.

Each of the 27 panels represent a two month period from 1914 (on the left) through to 1918. The height of a panel represents the number of causalities during that period with 1cm equalling 500 people. If the panel has a slot cut into it, it represents the number of causalities from a major battle within that time frame with the name of the battle by its side. The tallest panel is during 1918 representing over 300,000 casualties.

This memorial in particular commemorates the contribution the Worcestershire Regiment made at the battle of Gheluvelt (near Ypres, Belgium), a contribution widely held to have been a major importance in halting a German advance that would have altered the course of the conflict.

The plain panels in the middle list the men and their honours of the Worcestershire Regiment killed on October 31st at Gheluvelt and the back contains the words of Field Marshal Sir Claud Jacob.

"Let it never be forgotten that the true glory of the fight at Gheluvelt lies not in the success achieved but in the courage which urged our solitary battalion to advance undaunted amid all the evidences of retreat and disaster to meet great odds in a battle apparently lost."
Remembrance in Gheluvelt Park
Gheluvelt Park (wikipedia)
The Battle of Gheluvelt (wikipedia)

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Location

Europe / UK-England

Lat: 52° 12' 22.09" N
Long: 2° 13' 38.83" W

Elevation: 65 ft

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Precision is: High. Pinpoints the exact spot.

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Equipment

Taken with a Nikon D300 and a Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G fisheye lens. Mounted on a Nodal Ninja 5 panorama head and R-D16 rotator atop a Manfrotto 055XPROB tripod. Shots taken at 6 positions 60° apart, tilted 15° down and another shot taken looking straight up. Raw files then processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.2 before being stitched together using PTGui Pro 9.1.8 and converted using Pano2VR 4.5beta.
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