Bayonet Trench is a war memorial, however, an unusual memorial. It indeed honors the memory the French soldiers, who were buried alive in their trench after a shell explosion during the Battle of Verdun on June 12, 1916.
After the war, Kipling wrote the stark lines: “If any question why we died, tell them, because our fathers lied.” There is considerable debate on whether Kipling, who lost a son, aimed this hatred at the Germans or his own government. He seems ever the Imperialist and opposed Irish home rule.
Luckily World War One was the War to End all Wars.