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“One of the most impressive Commonwealth War Graves cemetries in Franco-Belgian area” 5 of 5 stars
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St Symphorien Military Cemetery
Mons, Belgium
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Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in Mons
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Owner description: St. Symphorien Military Cemetery is located 2 Kms east of Mons on the N90 a road leading to Charleroi. On reaching St. Symphorien the right hand turning from the N90 leads onto the Rue Nestor Dehon. The cemetery lies 200 metres along the Rue Nestor Dehon. GPS Co-ordinates: Longitude 04°00'38", Latitude 50°25'57" The cemetery at St. Symphorien was established by the German Army during the First World War as a final resting place for British and German soldiers killed at the Battle of Mons. Among those buried here is Private John Parr of the Middlesex Regiment, who was fatally wounded during an encounter with a German patrol two days before the battle, thus becoming the first British soldier to be killed in action on the Western Front.
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“One of the most impressive Commonwealth War Graves cemetries in Franco-Belgian area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2013

The site is remarkable, as are so many of these beautifully kept cemetries. St Symphorien is impressive in its layout & tranquility, offering multi-levels. Having attended many Remembrance Sunday services there & visited the site with friends & family it is remarkable in its garden style & beautiful trees & bushes.

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Mons, Belgium
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“It's a beautiful, peaceful place in which to reflect and remember the allied and German soldiers who died in this area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

it's a beautiful and peaceful place in which to reflect and remember the allied and German soldiers who died in this area

Visited November 2011
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“St. Symphorien Military Cemetery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

A small but atmospheric cemetery dedicated to both English and German troops and containing the graves of both sides. Of special interest to the Royal Fusiliers and Middlesex Regiments.

Visited August 2012
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“An emotional visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

I have visited this cemetery on a few occasions and still feel emotional every time I visit.

Visited January 2012
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“In peace together”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2012

This very unusual War Cemetery has the graves of German, British and Canadian soldiers laid out in sympathy with the surroundings. The cemetery was started by the Germans in 1914 when they advanced through this area. They buried both their own troops and some British troops. The cemetery was then expanded when the British advanced in 1918 and is today looked after by the Commonwealth Graves Commission. The cemetery is does not follow the usual pattern with ranks of graves, rather the graves in many parts follow the contours of the land. The Cemetery is dominated by a cross of remembrance on the highest point. The grave of the last British soldier to die in battle is located here. This sad yet positive location with former enemies lying together in peace is well worth a visit.

Visited September 2011
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