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Bedford House Cemetery

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Address: Rijselseweg 83, Ieper (Ypres) 8902, Belgium
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In all, 5,139 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War are buried or...

In all, 5,139 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War are buried or commemorated in the enclosures of Bedford House Cemetery. 3,011 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate a number of casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials name casualties buried in other cemeteries whose graves could not be found on concentration. Second World War burials number 69 (3 of which are unidentified). There are 2 Germans buried here.

Bedford House Cemetery is located 2.5 Km south of Ieper town centre. The cemetery lies on the Rijselseweg (N336), the road connecting Ieper to Armentieres.

From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg. The cemetery itself is located 2 Km after this crossroads on the left hand side of the Rijselseweg.

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A beautiful and unusual cemetery.

This is set in pretty woodland and ponds. Quite unusual but does have the elements that are found in CWGC cemeteries.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 June 2016
Freddy20082013
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Banbury, United Kingdom

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Banbury, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

This is set in pretty woodland and ponds. Quite unusual but does have the elements that are found in CWGC cemeteries.

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Ely, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

Deceptively huge cemetery set out in the grounds of a former stately home. Several different enclosures with landscaping, moats and the like. Look out for 1940s graves amongst the Great War burials. Well worth a visit!

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Aldridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016 via mobile

The actual gardens and setting is fabulous. This war memorial cemetry is really nicely kept and maintenaned. However when you walk through and see the thousands of grave stones with no names on them it really does make you think and ponder the massive amount of casualties ( on both sides ).

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Thank Lee L
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 April 2016

This is certainly one of the most horticulturally attractive of the Flanders Commonwealth War Cemeteries and that is supplemented by a long pond that borders much of one side of it. A very peaceful place.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016 via mobile

A nice setting with the water features adding a different aspect to the norm. There are so many graves here it will take time to walk the whole area. Decent parking and easy to find.

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Andover, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016

Interesting site as with all these war grave cemeteries well kept very poignant and really wants you to find out more about its history.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016

Such a moving place where over 5000 souls lie, many with no name. Beautiful setting and well worth a visit away from the tourist hordes.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2015 via mobile

Of course you visit very many cemeteries and memorials on any visit to the Western Front, but Bedford House is surely among the very finest. Built on the site of the former British HQ, it is beautifully laid out and maintained to the highest standards by the CWGC. You could easily miss it so do look for it especially.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2015

As a regular visitor to military cemeteries in Northern Europe they do not have the impact on me that they have when people visit to see the headstones of their relatives but this cemetery has the advantage of lovely water features with wildlife that adds to its beauty and make it an especially nice cemetery to visit that is strange... More 

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Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2015

As with all WW1 cemeteries, the peace and quiet afforded is essential for reflection. Bedford House goes one further, with its eclectic layout based on the grounds of a former (destroyed) stately home ... if you want calm, if you want reflection and deep thought about WW1, this is a place you can find all of that in abundance ...

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