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“Moving” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Etaples Military Cemetery

Etaples Military Cemetery
Chemin Departemental 940, 62630 Etaples, France
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Ranked #1 of 8 Attractions in Etaples
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
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Mermaid Beach, Australia
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“Moving”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Etaples Military Cemetery was my last stop on my first world war trek in France. Having already visited the major battle fields in both France and Belgium, Etaples where I needed to spend some time reflecting, as I had a distant relative buried there. He had been wounded at Poziers and transported back to the hospital where he subsequently died from his wounds.

This is a large cemetery, and as you wander through the headstones it makes it all that much more real as to what theses brave soldiers must have gone through. To have been wounded under horrific conditions and to be transported back in equally horrific conditions only to die in many cases, from infection, is so tragic.

The cemetery itself like all the 1st WW memorials and cemeteries we visited, is well kept and well laid out in a tranquil setting and overlooked by magnificent stone structures and steps. Take some time to reflect, it's well worth it. Although my relative was well before my time, it was a particularly moving experience to stand in front of his headstone where with a tear in my eyes, I left a little piece of Australia with him.

Visited August 2013
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England, United Kingdom
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“Astonishing - not to be missed.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

I have visited here several times before, but this was the first time for our 11 year old twin daughters, who have recently been studying WW2 at school.

A stunning experience for them, seeing the huge scale of war casualties - and so impressive that the cemetery is beautifully designed and laid out, and perfectly kept.

Visited August 2013
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chesterfield
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“Perfect setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

The memorial site is extremely well kept and in a completely appropriate, scenic location. The memorial structures are impressive and the raised access area overlooking the war graves certainly makes you stop and think.

Visited August 2013
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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“Beautifully kept cemetery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

On the main road but so peaceful. 11,000 graves mainly from ww1. Impeccably kept, interesting files to look through also. Worth a visit. Also some lovely plants and flowers in there. Very thought provoking.

Visited August 2013
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“very moving”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We had read about this cemetary, its arches designed by Lutyens, for those who fell in the First World War. On our visit, we were so impressed by the way the graves and area around was kept so neatly.Despite the distance of years, we felt that it was held in great respect by those responsible for its upkeep.

Visited July 2013
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