I took my Dad to see the sights of WWI which included a trip to TyneCot. We also visited several war graves cemeteries, hill 60, hill 62 museum at sanctuary wood. Essex farm cemetery and dressing station as well as the Yorkshire trench. We also visited the Langemarck cemetery which was a German one North of Ypres.
Tyne Cot is the largest Commonwealth cemetery and held a large number of graves. The fields around this area of Belgium are dotted with many cemeteries of varying sizes. This one was particularly big. The visitor centre was a great starting point. It doesn't prepare you for the size and scale of the cemetery. The pill boxes (blockhouses) were kept as part of the cemetery so you have some idea that this was all central to the battles and loss of life in WWI. I found the cemetery made you make a backward step to appreciate the magnitude of the events of our past.
The voice of names being read out by a female announcer ( recorded ) set the scene perfectly. It was a beautiful sight but also left a mark which is difficult to put into words. It was a sight we had wanted to see if that is the right word, but well worth the visit for what it means. It was extremely well maintained was impressive yet somehow very depressing too and is a place both myself and my Dad were happy we had paid our respects to these brave men.
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