|At Essex Farm Cemetery, North of Ypres|
A series of diamond-shaped stone markers known as "Albertina Memorials" was erected in Flanders during 1984 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of King Albert I and the 70th anniversary of the start of the First World War. Each of the two dozen markers note a significant event during the course of the war. Their designs are similar with each bearing the monogram of the king and the shield of the province of West Flanders. The markers are confined to Western Belgium and — unlike our example above — mostly emphasize Belgian accomplishments.
Belgian battlefields along the Yser and north of Ypres are well represented, but there are some surprising selections. Jardin Marie-José School in Wulveringem was a section of the "queen's schools" created by Queen Elisabeth for the children of families living in or near the front, received an Albertina, as did L’Océan Military Hospital where Flemish painter and soldier Joseph, who designed the Belgian tombstones seen in their military cemeteries, died.
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