Ronan McGreevy: The smallest monument in my book – a bronze plaque about the size of a shoe box – symbolises the complexity of Irish identity at the time.  This plaque, fixed to the wall of Mouse Trap Farm outside Ypres, was put there by the sculptor Willie Malone in 2005. It remembers his grandfather Sergeant William Malone who was killed during the Second Battle of Ypres in May 1915.  Sgt Malone is hardly known outside his own family. His brother Michael, though, is remembered as the hero of Mount Street Bridge

At a busy crossroads outside the Belgian town of Mons there stands a Celtic cross. The limestone monument, five metres high, is dedicated to the 2nd (...)

Belgian prime minister Elio di Rupo (right) stands in front of Maurice Dease’s grave in Mons. Photograph: Ronan McGreevy

At the stroke of midday in the Belgian town of Mons on Saturday, the church bells of Sainte-Waudru rang out the national anthems of the protagonist(...)