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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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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.

Reviewed June 19, 2016
Brighton, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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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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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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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 

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Santa Comba Dao, Portugal
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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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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 

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East Dereham, Norfolk.
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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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Reviewed April 5, 2016

A small patch of land was donated by a local to act as a military cemetery. Mons saw action at the beginning and end of the Great War, at the beginning a furious assault only succeeding after many German casualties and the last a desperate rearguard almost as the Armistice was being signed. The poignant consequence is that the first... More 

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 18, 2016

As different to Tyne Cot which I visited the day before as you can imagine. This is far more intimate, far smaller and more like a country garden than a cemetery. Beautifully landscaped, full of interest and curiously made more poignant by the fact of troops from both sides being buried here. Only a few minutes from the center of... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed February 21, 2016

I've visited dozens of military museums all over northern France and Belgium. All are special and have a sense of honor and beauty. St Symphorien, however, has a quality all its own. The small gardens, the large trees, almost maze-like hedges, and hilly terrain make for a remarkably beautiful setting.

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London, Canada
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Reviewed January 29, 2016

The design of this cemetery is quite different from most other military cemeteries in that the graves are laid out in groupings in a lovely garden setting, and not all simply laid out in rows. It contains the graves of 284 German and 229 British and Canadian soldiers killed during the WW I Battle of the Mons. Notably, one can... More 

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