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St Symphorien Military Cemetery

Mons, Belgium
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So sad

So many graves f the fallen. And so many dedicated to the Unknown soldiers who fought and died so... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Ann H
Higher Bebington
The most beautiful military cemetery in Europe

When you visit this place you could be forgiven for thinking that the manicured lawns, shady nooks... read more

Reviewed July 5, 2017
Chris S
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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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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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So many graves f the fallen. And so many dedicated to the Unknown soldiers who fought and died so young.

Thank Ann H
Reviewed July 5, 2017

When you visit this place you could be forgiven for thinking that the manicured lawns, shady nooks and crannies and gleaming white stones form part of the grand garden of an English stately home. Unfortunately this is just one more reminder of the vast loss...More

Thank Chris S
Reviewed July 3, 2017

Not a cemetery I had heard about before we purchased a book about WWI cemeteries but, as we were staying for a night in Mons, we decided to make a visit. What a spot! Set amongst trees, this is the nicest and most moving of...More

Thank Sally F
Reviewed June 7, 2017 via mobile

A very quite and well kept cemetery, the place is the last resting place of the first and last soldier to die in Frances during the 1st world war. A place for reflectance on the absolute waste of life that was WW1.

Thank BMWS1000XR
Reviewed May 23, 2017

Very well-kept and well-arranged site of remembrance of international soldiers killed in action in World Wars I and II. Plainly and unobtrusively touching and inspiring.

Thank globetrotter0105
Reviewed February 16, 2017

This cemetery was designed by the German Army in 1917. It harbors the graves of the first British (Pte J. PARR) casualty 1914, the last Canadian (Pte PRICE) and British (Pte G.E. ELLISON) casualty 1918 and posthumous VC 1914 holder Lt Maurice James DEASE. Very...More

Thank conrad57
Reviewed January 1, 2017

Historical and emotional visit that anyone should do. The cemetery shelters Commonwealth soldiers from all sorts of regiments as well as German soldiers. The layout of the cemetery makes it impressive but also calming and meditative.

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Reviewed November 29, 2016

Totally unique, this cemetery is one of the simplest, yet most moving , in France and Belgium. Take your time-at least an hour -as there is so much to see that is different and exclusive. We were doubly fortunate as a group-not only did we...More

1  Thank Elis E
Reviewed October 29, 2016 via mobile

Tucked away between farms in southwestern Mons is a quaint, multilevel garden of a cemetery with British and German graves and memorials. Worth your time. Not simple to locate on a navi, I'd recommend a search starting with the town of Saint Symphorien. Groundskeeping appeared...More

Thank Giff H
Reviewed October 23, 2016

This is so different to any other war grave site I have visited in France or Belgium. The layout is perfect being amongst trees and natural hollows. Also unusual in that it was commenced by the Germans and contains both German and British graves. Take...More

Thank ntimms
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Clare L
July 8, 2015|
Response from Justin C |
Hi Clare, You can get off at the Mons Gare (train station) and download the Belgium SNCB app to your smartphone. From there it'll tell you which bus line to take to get to Saint Symphorien. It's only 6 or 8 km from the... More