Napoleonic Monument

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Impressive memorial to 309 French Napoleonic POWs who died in Valleyfield Paper Mill prison 1811-1814 and buried nearby
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About Napoleonic Monument

Classic style impressive stone memorial to 309 French Napoleonic Prison Of Wars kept in Valleyfield Paper Mill (commissioned by the government) and buried nearby 1811-1814. Erected and inscription by papermill owner Alexander Cowan: ‘CERTAIN INHABITANTS… DESIRING TO REMEMBER THAT ALL MEN ARE BRETHREN CAUSED THIS MONUMENT TO BE ERECTED… 1830. French text on back: ‘Born to bless the wishes of ageing mothers, By fate called to become lovers, beloved husbands and fathers, They died exiled.’ There is an Information board onsite.

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