Item 03: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January 1916-31 December 1916 - Page 83

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This evening another No2 G H. Sergt & myself started out for a visit to La Colonne Napoléone the top of which can be seen from our camp, in the distance. After a brisk walk of about 40 minutes along the country roads and through a small village, we turned off to the left opposite a British Convalescent camp and reached our destination. The column, which was erected by order of Napoleon to mark the place of his Boulogne camp, is nearly 60 mètres in height with a bronze statue of Napoleon on top 5 mètres in height. The column is of marble and its construction was commenced in 1804 by Marshal Soult. There is a ladder to the top of the column and I believe a fine view can be obtained by climbing it. However it was closed this evening and I shall have to go again. Our walk home

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