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“To stand in reverence”
Review of Tyne Cot Cemetery

Tyne Cot Cemetery
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Owner description: It is now the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world in terms of burials. At the suggestion of King George V, who visited the cemetery in 1922, the Cross of Sacrifice was placed on the original large pill-box. There are three other pill-boxes in the cemetery. There are now 11,956 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in Tyne Cot Cemetery. 8,369 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to more than 80 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials commemorate 20 casualties whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. There are 4 German burials, 3 being unidentified. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker. The TYNE COT MEMORIAL forms the north-eastern boundary of Tyne Cot Cemetery and commemorates nearly 35,000 servicemen from the United Kingdom and New Zealand who died in the Ypres Salient after 16 August 1917 and whose graves are not known. The memorial stands close to the farthest point in Belgium reached by Commonwealth forces in the First World War until the final advance to victory. The memorial was designed by Sir Herbert Baker with sculpture by F V Blundstone.
Sydney, Australia
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“To stand in reverence”
Reviewed March 26, 2013

This massive cemetary sits in feilds away from the local town in white and green the memorial is truely inspiring. Very well maintained and presented , it is good to see that respect for the foreigners who died protecting their land is well remembered in Belgium as it is in France. Go around the back to get the best view facing uphill. the "Front" entry and car park block the view of the cemetary with a wall.

Visited April 2012
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Cradley, United Kingdom
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“Visit this place to remember them”
Reviewed March 19, 2013

This cemetary makes anyone stop and think 12,000 war dead so hard not to feel emotional,amazing that these graves are cared for and respected by the people of Belgium.Small museum style area at start with some excellent artefacts well worth a visit

Visited March 2013
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Ruislip, United Kingdom
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“Another place you have to visit”
Reviewed February 24, 2013

Fantastic experience and very humbling to see. Well worth a visit to pay respects to those who lost their lives from the British military.

Visited February 2013
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Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
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“Sobering visit”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

A must see. Until you visit you cannot comprehend the enormity of WW1. It certainly makes you think of the huge sacrifice by the people of the Commonwealth and other countries.

Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Moving”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

We are so glad we visited this cemetary, looking at the flat, muddy fields of Flanders and seeing all these graves evokes all the famous war poetry in a way that you don't quite ever truly understand until you stand there and see it for yourself.

The only thing that would have improved the experience was if the British teenagers who were also there had behaved like adults for 15 minutes and been respectful rather than like the teenagers they are. Oh well, they will appreciate what they saw more fully at another point in their lives...Considering the burial ground is full of the war dead not much older than them, it was a real shame....and then they turned up at the same German cemetary as well.

Visited February 2013
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