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Sympathy for the Helpless (The Defenders)
Sculpted between 1925 and 1930? by Walter Allward (1875–1955)

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Plaster half-size working model for one of the two lower stone figure groups on the Vimy Memorial in France. These are known collectively as The Defenders. The sculptor, a Canadian, was largely self-taught. The Vimy Memorial was his last major commission.

Sympathy for the Helpless in position on the partially constructed Vimy Memorial around 1932
Canadian War Museum 19800010-028 #29

The plaster model and partially carved stone copy of Sympathy for the Helpless
Canadian War Museum 19770315-014