Unlike many monuments, it does not commemorate a heroic battle, but rather the support given by the Belgian people to British prisoners of war. The tall central figures in high relief represent a British and a Belgian soldier. On wither side are low reliefs depicting wounded British soldiers aided by Belgian peasants. It was unveiled by the Prince of Wales in 1923. The monument is carved from Brainvilliers stone. Casts of the reliefs are at the Imperial War Museum, London. A plaster cast of the Belgian soldier is held in the Army Museum in Brussels.
Strength and nobility of purpose were the overriding themes of World War I monuments - as if the posture of these monuments could make the population forget the immeasurable and often pointless suffering and destruction of the war. For those memories one needs to turn to post-war literature and art. Still, the bold and sometimes heavy-handed imagery of these monuments endured, and Jagger's sculptures for the Brussels monument foreshadows the public sculptural style favored by the 1930s by powerful image-conscious states - whether Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, Communist Russia or the democratic but capitalist United States.