Artist(s): David Goatley

Lest We Forget

Mural Routes Member(s): Chemainus Festival of Murals Society Completed: 2004

Dimensions: 4.9m x 2.4m (16’ x 8’)

Best Viewed: Across the street from British Pubs on Chemainus Road.

“Historical Series #44: Lest We Forget”

This mural depicts the heroism and sacrifice in First World War, the “Great War”. It speaks to the suffering of ordinary men in the trenches and elsewhere. The artist’s son and a friend posed in rented uniforms to depict the soldier at right, carrying his wounded officer. The huge gun behind them symbolizes the artillery that pulverized the landscape and transformed it into a quagmire. The Victoria Cross is for the bravery of all men involved, not just for those who received the medals. Sir Douglas Haig, Commander of the British Expeditionary Force, 1915-1919, is shown rising from the ruins of a town at centre of the mural. At left is the waste mud of no-mans land at Passchendaele and the wounded men who endured the terrible conditions. In the sky, Manfred von Richtofen, the “Red Baron”, pilots his red Fokker triplane in an aerial battle with Canadian Captain Arthur “Roy” Brown in his Sopwith Camel.

(Please drop by the Chemainus Visitors Centre to buy your Official Mural Guide. Proceeds from the sale go to the Chemainus Festival of Murals Society).

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Location: 9769 Willow St., Chemainus BC. V0R1K0 Get Directions