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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.
Reviewed May 25, 2009

Tyne Cot Cemetery is located 9 kilometers from Ieper in Belguim. The Cemetery and its surrounding Memorials are located outside of Passendale, near Zonnebeke in Belgium..

Its the biggest British war cemetery in the world, its the resting place of nearly 12,000 soldiers of the Commonwealth Forces, There are a total of 11.856 graves : 8.901 British, 1.353 Australian, 966 Canadian, 519 from New-Zealand, 90 South-African, 14 from New Foundland, 6 from Guernsey, 2 from the British West-Indies, 1 French, 4 German and 101 graves for soldiers whose nationality could not be determined.

Two Victoria Cross heros can also be located in the cemetery ; Captain Clarence Smith Jeffries, an Australian and Private James Peter Robertson, a Canadian. At the rear of the cemetery is a memorial for the missing. It bears the names of 35,000 British and New Zealand servicemen who fought in WW1.

The Cross of Sacrifice can be seen through the entrance to the cemetery. The text inscribed on the front of the Cross of Sacrifice reads:
THIS WAS THE
TYNE COT BLOCKHOUSE
CAPTURED BY THE
3rd AUSTRALIAN DIVISION
4th OCTOBER 1917

Close by is the The Polygon Wood Memorial of the Australian 5th Division which lies deep in the forest along a country road located between Ypress and Zonnebeke in Belgium.

The land was given to Australia after WW1 for the fifth Division’s tribute to those who fought with between 1916 – 1918 in France and Belgium.

The moment you step outside your car and walk slowly through the forest path to the Memorial you are totally overwhelmed with a sense of utter sadness. The path leads you to a large Memorial with steps up to view the hundred’s of graves that are dotted in straight rows most only have etched on them “ A solider of the Great War “ on their headstones. Others, names carry a heavy burden with ages between 19 and 26.

As I walked around the grounds I was overcome with a pure feeling of serenity and peacefulness. It’s was a totally spiritual feeling which is almost intangible and unimaginable to describe. The knowledge that these men can never come home is a sadness which lies deep in most Australians souls and thoughts ; our true heroes.

As an Australian this precious and treasured memorial is a MUST see on any Australian / New Zealander’s list.

http://www.ww1westernfront.gov.au/menin-road/maps.html

7  Thank Ellemay
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