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St Symphorien Military Cemetery

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Address: Mons, Belgium

St. Symphorien Military Cemetery is located 2 Kms east of Mons on the N90 a...

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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Iconic WWI cemetery at St Symphorien.

Really well maintained and marvellous cemetery that appeared in 2014 on the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI. Very caring local population, we were invited into a house... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2016
Sam C
Yeovil, United Kingdom
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Bodmin, England
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A respectful place. We are English and there was us visiting at the same time as a coach load off Germans - which was quite poignant. My husband is in the Navy and was very touched. Well worth a visit if you are in Mons. Is small so only took half an hour to visit thoroughly.

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

Really well maintained and marvellous cemetery that appeared in 2014 on the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI. Very caring local population, we were invited into a house near-by for drinks and discussions. There are soldiers here from the very start of WWI and the end of WWI, both UK and German. Very moving. If you are in the... More 

Thank Sam C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful place that has captured a piece of history from War War I. Well kept with several landmarks indicating it's history. Small area but a lot of steps to climb. Landscaping is beautiful. A Must see.

Thank Cheryl Q
Livingston, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

We followed the advice of a previous reviewer and caught a number 22 bus from near the railway station opposite Pizza Hut. It costs 2 euros 10 and is 7 stops to the village of St. Symphorien. It is a pleasant 10 min stroll to the cemetery from the bus stop. There are no facilities, so don't expect to be... More 

Thank Mags5002013
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

As usual Commonwealth war graves commission have kept this in emaculate condition. Out of the way not easy to find but worth popping by. First and sat killed in First World War buried there.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

Wonderful pretty cemetery, tucked away in a peaceful road. We took my uncle of 80 years old to this site on our first of many.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

This was my first visit to this cemetery. I have been visiting various Cemeteries and Memorials, large and small in France, Belgium and Holland over a period of 22 years and this one passes all expectations. It is very unusual in the layout with various headstones for the German casualties with the British being of the usual Portland stone. What... More 

Thank Barry L
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2016

While passing in the region e made a stopover to the St. Symphorien Military Cemetery who is located outside of Mons when driving into the direction of Charleroi. When you drive into the Nestor Dehon keep driving until the end, where you will find the cemetery on your right hand side. The place is kept very clean, while we were... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016 via mobile

As a serving military member I always take the opportunity to visit any of the Commonwealth cemeteries. Dignified and unique in the fact that Commonwealth and German soldiers are buried in the same site. A 10 km round trip from the Info tel in good weather set the stage for a reflective visit to the military cemetery. One of the... More 

Thank F. Bruce S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

There are numerous war cemeteries around Belgium, remembering the many thousands of servicemen who perished in WW1. Whilst visiting Mons, it seemed appropriate to pay respects to the servicemen laid to rest in the St.Symphorien Military Cemetery. Located to the east of Mons this is best visited by the local bus service. Don’t think about taking the car – the... More 

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