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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 21 August 2014

A shocking, humbling, yet very interesting place to visit. It's hard to imagine the slaughter and utter carnage of 100 years ago given the hallmark beauty, peace and tranquillity of this CWGC site, although the visitors centre does well to set the scene - in a very personal way. Unmissable.

Thank FiShep
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

If you like to mix a holiday with history then this is the place to go. Check your emotions because this place quite literally took my breath away. Its shear beauty, uniform grounds and the vast amount of graves hits home. not for the faint-hearted.

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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Awesome simply awesome. I defy anyone to go and not be affected by the atmosphere. Brings into perspective the gift our grand parents gave us.

Thank Donald H
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

This was the second of the cemeteries that we visited on a trip to the battlefields, and the expectations were still not clear. This place is very very moving and stunning in its own way

A good visitors centre that seeks to explain the reason for the location and the costs associated with battle of Passchendale

The sight on a summers afternoon is one that is quiet and respectful - a moving visit and well worth the time and effort to try and understand the sacrifice of a previous generation for our benefit

Could have easily spent considerably longer at the sight which probably would have been of benefit to us, but the tour had other demands.

Thank Barry B
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

It is always difficult to review something like a cemetery but the simple presentation is very strong. The reading and pictures are the only sound in the small museum and the facts and figures are truly stunning with over 35,000 remembered here. The grounds are beautiful and so well kept, a sad and haunting place but a suitable place for honouring those who lost their lives.

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