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Memorial to French prisoners of war, Church of St George, Central Avenue, Gillingham, Medway

Memorial to French prisoners of war, Church of St George, Central Avenue, Gillingham, Medway
Photograph taken Friday, March 25, 2004 © Mr M.K Lofthouse. Source Historic England Archive ref: 462543

The memorial dates from 1869 and commemorates French prisoners from the Napoleonic wars who died in prison ships in Britain, especially those buried on St Mary's Island, part of Chatham Dockyard. The wars against Napoleon's French Empire started some time after he took power in 1799 and ended with his defeat at Waterloo in 1815. Inside the memorial is a figure of a Napoleonic sailor.

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