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“A slightly different approach to a WW1 cemetery”

Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery
Ranked #1 of 20 things to do in Poperinge
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

What makes this cemetery different from the so many others is the interactive commenary and timeline outside the cemetary proper - it provides some very interesting items to the visitor in a dynamic interesting way. The youngest 'occupant' is 15, the highest ranked is a Maj-Gen (there is also a Brigadier) a VC holder and one shot at dawn, one Nursing Sister (the only female) there are also many, many others. A nice touch is commemorating those who dies on the particular day you visit - their details are shown on a screen at one end of the visitor's centre.

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Reviewed July 9, 2013

I happened upon this cemetery on a visit to the area. The visitor's center is excellent, with so much information. I wish I had longer to appreciate it all. The cemetery itself is peaceful and beautiful with incredibly well kept flowers and gardens.

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Reviewed July 3, 2013

As with all military cemeteries Lijssenthoek is the resting place of heroes and heroines, every one of which played their part in WW1. Lijssenthoek is the largest hospital-cemetery of the Great War and also the second largest Commonwealth cemetery in Belgium.
The visitor centre there is very modern and interactive; on top of this everything there is translated into many different languages! From a personal perspective I really do recommend visiting Lijssenthoek Cemetery as it is slightly different from others as it was an on-site cemetery to the evacuation hospital stationed there. It also resembles hope in the fact that those who died there did so despite the best efforts of the medical teams there.

Thank BIG_APL_68
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

We visited this on a peaceful and quite teatime. I found this very useful (being a nurse as the visitor centre also told about the hospital that was there. Its worth walking around the outside as the metal railing does a tally of casualties (you can see the increase in the more bloody battles).
Beautifully kept as all the cemeteries are but the visitor centre does a good job of telling the story here. Toilets are also on site

Thank helstravels
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Reviewed June 24, 2013

I first visited Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery 25 years ago, with my husband and children. We went to seek out the grave of a Great-Uncle. It is the second largest Commonwealth cemetery in Belgium. It is a very imposing and poignant cemetery to visit.

There is now a new Visitor Centre, which has a Timeline on the wall, charting the history of the Remy Sidings Clearing Hospitals - the site on which the cemetery was built. "Walk to the cemetery, along the footpath a line-up of 1392 poles the chart of the cemetery, guiding you towards a place of remembrance." Each pole represents a day in the history of the Clearing Hospitals 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 occuring at the Clearing Hospitals on that day and, thus, a burial in the cemetery!

In 2009, a research project was began - aiming to put a face to every occupant of the cemetery .... my Great-Uncle is now a face on the wall and holds a place on the database, which can be accessed in the new Visitor Centre. It is an admirable project!
http://www.lijssenthoek.be/en gives you more information about the project.

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