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“Extremely moving and sobering”
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.
Reviewed January 19, 2014

Of the many monuments and cemeteries in the area surrounding Ypres, we found this one to be particularly moving. The design was also impressive. Just reading list after list of names was overwhelming and only conveyed a small sense of the magnitude and tragedy of the war.

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Reviewed January 15, 2014

There are more Australians buried here than in any other cemetery on the Western Front, plus the names of another 35k that have no known graves. The adjoining museum is a must, gives you a feel of what the troops were experiencing. The cemetery itself is extremely well laid out and kept in good order. From the higher ground you can look back toward Ypres, and see the ground that was in dispute for all those years. It is then, and only then, that you can truly understand the utter futility of war.

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Reviewed January 11, 2014

This another of the many sobering memorials to visit on the Western Front. It is very well kept area but can get crowded. To read the names and ages of these young soldiers should make visitors realise the futility of war and how many young lives were cut short. The Cross of Sacrifice is at the centre and gives visitors a view of the battlefield.

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Reviewed January 5, 2014

........Until you actually process the numbers they talk about and realise that the average age of those buried here is between 17 and 23 years. While is is still impressive, you just feel really sad for the huge waste of young lives and the impact war had on the people who lived here prior to the start of WWI.
Tyne Cot is the largest of the Commonwealth War Graves cemeteries in Flanders Fields; nearly 12,000 buried here, about 3,500 that were able to be identified and with another 8,500 that have a headstone but are "Known unto God". Some of the graves have more than one body buried. Then there's another 35,000 names listed, who have no known resting place, on the curved memorial walls. Among these are the New Zealand soldiers who are listed here rather than on the Menin Gate walls.
On the day I visited, just prior to my arrival, more were added to the above numbers, as the service concluded of 2 recently identified South African soldiers who were laid to rest.
Wandering along the rows, I noticed that many of the graves have reminders of recent visits, maybe a small wooden cross with a Flanders Poppy attached to it or a little poem, or in the case of Jewish soldiers, tiny stones sat upon the headstone. A number of the headstones were being renovated at the time of my visit.
Within the grounds are 4 remaining German block houses (pill boxes), one being underneath the Cross of Sacrifice. Near the base is a memorial to the Australian 3rd Division who captured the blockhouse on 4 October 1917 in the advance on Passchendaele.
Looking over this beautifully kept, serene place; with its Cross of Sacrifice at its centre, from the top of which offers views over one of the bloodiest battlefields - Passchendaele, I found it impossible to contain the emotions I felt and to be very thankful for what these young men gave.
Lest We Forget.

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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Taking my partner to Tyne Cot brought back those memories of my first trip here. The beautifully tendered resting places of our fallen heroes from wars that ought never to have been. She planted her memorial cross on an unknown fallen hero's grave. This is one of the most important deeds we as free human beings must do. Only problem on the day we chose (19 Dec 2013) was that as we arrived they informed us that David Cameron was due that morning, so not enough time could be spent there in peace and harmony to reflect and pay our respects to our heroes of times gone.

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