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Welsh Ridge

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A WW I battle in the neighbourhood of Welsh Ridge was put on canvas by John Nash, brother of the more famous artist Paul Nash. The painting commemorates the 1st Artists' Rifles involvement in an attack on the morning of 30 December, 1917, at Welsh Ridge, near Marcoing. The painting is called 'Over The Top'. Of the 80 men in the unit, 68 were killed or wounded during the first few minutes. he artist John Nash (1893-1977) was one of the 12 to be spared death or injury and painted this oil on canvas, including a self-portrait, three months later.



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