Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge

Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Very good

Hampshire, UK509 contributions
Feb 2020
Lijssenthoek cemetery is a fitting place to remember those who gave up everything for our futures in World War One. Being the second largest commonwealth World War One cemetery in the world, the graves stretched far and wide and gave a true glimpse into the scale of the war.

On site, there is a visitors centre and a toilet block too. On a rainy, windy day the ground was not too damp, although walking shoes would be advised.
Written February 19, 2020
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High Wycombe, England, United Kingdom188 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
The cemetery here holds nearly 10,000 British and Commonwealth graves from the First World War as well as nearly 900 French, Belgian and German graves. It is the second largest Commonwealth cemetery in Belgium (Tyne Cot is just a little larger). The identities of the vast majority are known (unlike many war cemeteries), as this cemetery was associated with a large evacuation hospital.

The visitor centre helps understand the context and history of the site, making a visit much more than just a visit to see a lot of graves. A key part of the display illustrates the history of the hospital (and cemetery) in relation to events happening nearby at the time. This is also reflected in a row of 1,392 posts on the path into the cemetery, each representing one day in the history of the hospital and cemetery and indicating the number of casualties that day. On some days there are very many!
Written November 8, 2013
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Birmingham, UK64 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Visiting Lijssenthoek was a very personal experience for us, visiting the final resting place of Albert Edward Harper who died at the hospital in June 1917 aged 18. We were met by the curator of the museum who guided us through the beautifully tended cemetery. This is the second largest commonwealth military cemetery in Belgium, not as formal as Tyne Cot but well worth a visit. Highly recommended even if you don't have a family member resting there.
Written June 12, 2019
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Sheffield, UK31 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
First visit here and really impressed with the visitors centre- very informative and tells a different story of the front lines. The fence is also a clever and sobering memorial showing how many people died there at different points during the conflict- will be useful to help students contextualise their learning when I return in the summer. Also, the fact that there are graves of people from lots of different nationalities helps to demonstrate how it really was a 'world war'.
Written October 28, 2018
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Jennifer Z
Racine, WI40 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
We had already visited Tyne Cot and Ieper (Ypres) so I wasn't expecting a lot. It was really great. The welcome center was very informative- this was a field hospital. I highly recommend it.
Written March 26, 2017
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West Yorkshire48 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
When you go into the visitors centre make sure to press the E button for English translations and if you wish to keep a copy of the screen shot use the print button to the RHS of the image.
Written September 28, 2015
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Newquay, UK23 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
This is a fascinating cemetery due to its location and origin as a evacuation hospital and site of four field hospitals. The information centre is great and full of facts and knowledge about the hospital's vital role in WW1. The entrance to the cemetery has one of the most poignant installations with hundreds of metal posts lined along the pathway that each show a date and a number of cut-out slits that mark the number of deaths on that date on one paticular year during WW1. When the sun shines, rays of sunlight shine through the slits and produce a shadow on the pathway ground. Very moving before you even enter the cemetery.
The cemetery itself is beautifully-cared for by gardeners and features commonweath graves as well as the graves of some hinese labourers. There is also one female grave of a nurse, Well, the only official female grave. Ask a tour guide about the "secret female" grave in the cemetery.
A somber place but one that also saved thousands of lives of the brave soldiers. Well worth a visit.
Written November 11, 2014
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North Essex, U.K.1,624 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
Whenever we travel to pay homage to lost relatives on the Somme, we always make a detour to this Cemetery – because it holds a Gt. Uncle of mine, amongst its 10,785 inhabitants. Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery is the second largest WW1 cemetery in Belguim, behind Tyne Cot Cemetery which contains 11,954 burials. Apparently, both cemetery plots are similar in size but nearly all burials at the former are identified whereas approx. 70% at the latter are not.

When we last visited in October 2012, I posted a review mentioning the virtues of an ingenious timeline ‘wall’ of 1392 metal poles that had been erected along the length of the cemetery's frontage. I wrote “Each pole represents a day in the history of the Clearing Hospital and each pole bears a certain number of slots - when the sun shines on the poles, a graph appears on the pavement. Each slot represents a death occurring at the Clearing Hospital on that day and, thus, a burial in the cemetery.”

I posted a pic to demonstrate just how poignant and effective these posts were – even when the light was not so bright, the timeline deaths were there to make their mark on the path….. well, sadly, not anymore …. because, since our visit two years ago, a hedge has been planted in front of the poles!

Whilst there, we helped a British couple out who had been stranded at the un-manned Visitor Centre, by taking them to Poperinge to rendezvous with their tour coach …. they had visited the cemetery to pay their respects to the lady’s relative for the first time. En route to Poperinge, we asked if they had entered the cemetery from along the front … they had. The significance of the ‘wall’ was lost to them – all it had been was a row of poles with bits of hedge poking through …. as they passed by (oblivious) to the pole special to their relative. I’ve emailed CWGC and Lijssenthoek – I would like to hope that someone who can make a difference will reverse the hedge decision – it will save money on upkeep for a start, if it could be ripped out forthwith.

I would say that whoever thought up the pole-wall concept did so with great imagination and inspiration but whoever decided to plant the hedge did so void of these two attributes!

All that aside, the evolving Visitor Centre has a few interesting changes since we were last there so it is always worth looking in en route from the car-park to the cemetery.
Written November 2, 2014
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David D
Cox, spain180 contributions
May 2014 • Family
A large well kept cemetery. Long walk from a small car park to gate. Coach loads of unsupervised children showed little respect. A memorial to great sacrifice spoiled by a few.
Written June 2, 2014
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Copenhagen, Denmark71 contributions
Oct 2017 • Couples
When we visited the In Flanders Fields Museum in Ieper/Ypres last year, I bought some booklets with car routes. When my wife and I went back to Halle from the Belgium coast this year we decided to make a litlle detour based on one of them. We were not disappointed. We saw a number of the war cemetaries of which Lijssenthoek was the most "impressive", There is a small museum next to the cemetary. The cemetary reflects the fact that the military victims are from a variety of countries. And of ages ranging from the age of some of our grandchildren to the age of our sons. Makes one grateful for having lived in peace in most of Europe for many, many years. .
Written October 7, 2017
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