These three plaster Sculptures were made by Walter Allward between 1925 and 1930 as models for the Vimy Memorial in France. We are pleased to house them in the Memorial Room here at the Military Communications and Electronics Museum.
The centre sculpture is called Canada Bereft, a young woman hooded, eyes cast down, resting her chin in her hand. She symbolizes Canada, a young nation, mourning her dead sons.
The sculptures to the right and left are the Male and Female Mourners, leaning back, eyes cast down in grief. These sculptures symbolize the fathers and mothers in grief.
They are currently surrounded by ceramic poppies designed by Perry Poupore in the style of the Tower of London poppies.