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Battle of Polygon Wood

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Wonderful memorial to the Australian Fallen

I visited here soon after the 100th Anniversary celebrations of the Battle of the Somme, The location of this memorial is in a wooded area and so thus fits the name of the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Canberra, Australia
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Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited here soon after the 100th Anniversary celebrations of the Battle of the Somme, The location of this memorial is in a wooded area and so thus fits the name of the location perfectly. It is a beautiful memorial to the fallen.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

We had a quiet walk through the woods as we approached the cemetery and the memorial. Clearly the regrow tho of the forest masks the devastion of the area 100 years ago. The cemetery and monument are very well maintained.

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Gloucester, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

As it was time for coffee we stopped at a small cafe near Polygon Wood called Anzac Rest. After ordering and drinking our coffee I was browsing around the amazing amount of memorabilia housed in the cafe when the owner, Johan Vandewalle invited us to view his small museum upstairs. Wow! An astonishing collection! This man's life passion has been... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I am told by local Australian guides operating in flanders fields that the ANZAC day ceremony at Polygon Wood is a very moving and intimate service. Coupled with the amazing respect shown by the local Belgians toward the Australian cemetery you cannot help but understand why the ANZAC's fought so hard here. It was the good fight and a fight... More 

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Oamaru, Otago, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

Worth a visit if you are a New Zealander - straight across the road from the Buttes British Cemetery

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

The Polygon Wood area is the site of a battle (now a wooded preserve with some walking paths), and two cemeteries. The Polygon Wood Cemetery is quite small and is situated just behind some houses, and across the street you have the much larger Buttes New British Cemetery with the New Zealand memorial on man-made butte that dates from before... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Walk through the Polygon Wood from the road to Buttes New British Cemetery and 5th Australian Division Memorial and look at the woods today and then look at a photo of the woods after the bombing in WW1 to really appreciate ... then spend time viewing the graves HINT: Research a couple of soldiers before going .... Queenslanders research and... More 

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Visited here as part of a road trip around Belgium visiting the WW1 cemeteries and sites. It is well worth the visit and taking the time to celebrate the lives of those who fell during the war.

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Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

WW1 British cemeteries situated in the former Belgian Army infantry shooting range (pre 1914) and the Belgian Field Artillery horse riding and exercise area. Former ww1 famous battlefield area for the Battle of Polygon Wood September 1917. Now it is a protected wood full of war relics. Top location to see for the WW1 visitors. Rural area. For a rest... More 

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 May 2016

This was the first memorial / cemetery we visited on our trip and we were the only people there. It is such a peaceful place with only the sound of the birds singing and it was immaculately well kept. Other reviews have explained the history in much better detail than I ever could so I will not try to compete... More 

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