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“Sombre occasion - but necessary.”
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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.
Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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“Sombre occasion - but necessary.”
Reviewed April 13, 2013

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.

Visited April 2013
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Sault Ste. Marie, Canada
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“One of the Saddest Places on Earth”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

I wasn’t quite prepared for how overwhelming this cemetery was going to be. Once you stepped through the entrance there just seemed to be a sea of white crosses that stretched into the distance. This wasn’t the first war cemetery that we had visited, but it had to be the largest. Looking at the ages of the young men on the tombstones made you want to hug your children. The majority were in their 20s but there were some that were as young as 16. To the Belgian people these sacrifices are still remembered almost 100 years after the Great War. The cemetery was beautiful, as beautiful as a cemetery can be and the grounds were immaculate and this was April.

The Tyne Cot Cemetery in West Flanders is a Commonwealth cemetery and the land was given to the British Empire thus it contains predominately the remains of Australians, British, Canadians and New Zealanders. It has the distinction of being the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world. The soldiers that lie here are casualties of the Ypres Salient of the legendary Western Front during WWI. A memorial wall to the missing was started here but it was realized that it would not be large enough to contain all the names so it was continued at the Menin Gate. The Cross of Sacrifice at the cemetery is built on top of a German pillbox.

A tour of the Flanders Battlefields would not be complete without a stop at Tyne Cot cemetery. It truly is a sobering and sad place.

Visited May 2012
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Grimsby born and bred
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“Takes the breath away”
Reviewed March 30, 2013

On arriving, the mood was set while walking down to the Visitor's Centre. In the silence all you could hear was an ethereal young girls voice reading names of the dead.

The whole site is truly inspiring. Just the fact that of the @12000 headstones, only 3500 have names on. The other 8500 are unknown soldiers from various nations. The fact that there is another 35000 names inscribed on the Wall of Remembrance just makes it all the more surreal.

If there is one place you visit when in Belgium, this is it without doubt.

Visited March 2013
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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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