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“Tranquil and Beautiful”
Review of Ramparts Cemetery

Ramparts Cemetery
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

This was the first Commonwealth War Grave Commission ( CWGC)Cemetery, that I visited nearly 15 years ago, purely by accident following a trip to the Menin Gate. It had such an effect, that I subsequently spent 11 consecutive November Armistice Commemorations in Ieper and led to hobby of researching WW1. I have visited numerous CWGC cemeteries around the world , but this one must surely be the most tranquil and thought provoking. I found this cemetery, due to signposts by the Menin Gate and it is an enjoyable walk along the Ramparts overlooking the moat. Be careful with young children as there is quite a drop, it may also be testing for very old people or those with mobility problems. If so park near the Lille Gate, which is the location of the cemetery Ramparts Lille Gate. I make a point of photographing the cemetery on every visit from the same point overlooking the moat, whose water makes it so tranquil. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield, who als designed the Cross of Sacrifice you see in cemeteries with 40 or more burials. He also designed the Menin Gate. There are 198 burials in the cemetery. Near the cross of sacrifice, you will see a headstone that looks different to the others. The Portland Limestone used in CWGC cemeteries is very porous and wears, so the CWGC have started using Botocelli stone which looks similar from a distance but is less porous. Near the gate is the bronze register box, which contains the list of burials and a visitors comment book, which is worth a read to see the effect, thoughts of other visitors. To fully appreciate the cemetery, walk across the Lille Gate Bridge and view the cemetery from the otherside of the moat. It on a clear, windless day produces a fantastic mirror image in the moat. The famous author Rose Coombes, who produced When Endeavours Fade, a fantastic guide to WW1, memorials etc. had her ashes scattered here after her death. The location of the Cemetery, is in an important area as most soldiers went to the front via the nearby Lille Gate, not the Menin Gate which was under observation. Underneath the Rampart arch on the wall are original battlefoeld cemetery marker signs used by forerunner of CWGC, the Imperial War Grave Commission. Nearby excellent Ramparts Museum and Cafe to relax in.

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Reviewed 13 November 2013

With the river easing its way past this small perfectly maintained cemetery provides a tranquil atmosphere. It is worth taking time to read the headstones, looking at the ages and the nationalities, you may be surprised

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Reviewed 11 November 2013

The Ramparts cemetery is one of the most beautiful in the Ypres (Ieper) area. It sits beside the lake and is so tranquil, one finds it hard to believe that 100 years ago the whole area was devastated. It is a small cemetery with men from the UK and Commonwealth. Just below it there is a good pub with a small museum - well worth a visit.

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Reviewed 8 November 2013

This is quite a small war cemetery located on the ramparts to the south of Ieper centre. It is a quiet and attractive location overlooking a stretch of moat around 15 minutes walk from the town centre.

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Reviewed 31 October 2013

With a view over the river and surrounded by trees, this is one of the most beautiful cemeteries. As perfectly kept as all the others but the serene setting gives it that extra special sense of tranquility.

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