Arras Photos

The Great War: Vimy Ridge
George Van Wyck Laughton, M.C.

Canadian - Serving in the British 3rd Army, 34th Division,  
26th Battalion, Northumberland Fusiliers (Tyneside Irish)

                               


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DESTRUCTION OF ARRAS

A Collection of Photographs in the Personal Records of
George Van Wyck Laughton, M.C.
Purchased in the Town of Arras, March 3rd 1917

Click on any card for the full size image.

All of the photographs from these Post Cards are labeled "European War 1914-15-16-17" as they did not yet see it as a "World War" and it had not gained the name of the "Great War".

You will note on the cover that these cards were purchased by my grandfather  "2nd Lt. G. V. Laughton, Tyneside Irish, 26th Northumberland Fusiliers" in Arras on March 3, 1917.  This was shortly after Grandfather Laughton had completed his officer training at Oxford and was moving to the front lines to take his role in the Battles of the Scarpe (Arras & Vimy Ridge).

The Belfry Arras, Bombardments of October 6th - 8th 1914
The Town Hall, Bombardments of October 6th - 8th 1917
Station Square, Bombardments of October 6th - 8th 1914
The Belfrey and Town Hall, Bombardments of October 6th - 8th 1914
Entrance to the Town Hall, Bombardment of October 14th 1914
Panorama Around Town Hall After Many Bombardments
The Museum - Bombardment and fire of the 5th & 6th July 1915
The museum and old Bishop's House & Courtyard after the Fire
St-Jean Baptiste Church - Bombardments of July 10th & 11th 1915
Ursuline's Tower in Gambretta Street - July 30th 1915 Bombardment
Holy Sacrament, Amiens Street - Bombardments Nov. 15 Dec. 8 1915
Interior of Saint-Nicholas-in-City - Bombardment December 16th 1915
Arras Belfrey & Town Hall - December 1915
Arras, Cathedral January 14, 1916
Inside St. Gery Church - Bombardment of Oct. 30, 1914 Jan. 26th 1916
Arras Grand Square - Bombardment Sept 14, 1915 & Jan. 28, 1916
Arras Little Square - Bombardment February 1st, 1916
Cathedral Porch, Meaulens Street - Bombardment February 7/8 1916
Belfrey & Little Square February 15th, 1916
English Cellar Chapel, Charlottes Street No. 6
Please see note below regarding use of these photos:
 

These photographs are from the private collection of Richard Laughton and may be used, with acknowledgement, for personal research and other non-commercial uses.  As with all items on this web site, the use of any material for commercial use "profit and non-profit" is strictly prohibited.  You may contact Richard Laughton at any time to discuss the use of this material.  As always, the intent is to "keep the flame alive" and any reasonable use will not be disallowed.

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For some incredible WW1 photos of Arras and many other places, see also the National Archives of Canada.  Click here for Arras Photo from balloon.

 

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