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“Finding a Great Uncle”

Ranked #6 of 46 things to do in Arras
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Owner description: Faubourg-d'Amiens Cemetery is in the western part of the town of Arras in the Boulevard du General de Gaulle, near the Citadel, approximately 2 Kms due west of the railway station. The GPS coordinates for the cemetery are 50.28670, 2.76057
Reviewed 22 July 2014

A very moving place, I agree with an elderly Dutch acquaintance who said there was a 'great weight of sadness' hanging over it. The headstones are beautifully maintained, the grass and flowers around the graves, immaculate, the stone memorial building is quite imposing yet reverential.

The benches in each of the memorial bays feel calm and allow space and time for reflection.
The memorial wall which has in excess of 350,000 names engraved on it does require attention as some of the names are faded and unreadable and the stone itself is suffering from water (and possibly heat) damage. In the centenary year of the Great War I would suggest that some effort is made before so many of the names are lost forever.
My strongest criticism however is reserved for the lack of facilities at the memorial,unless we missed them, there are no public toilets at the site nor in the car park opposite. Obviously it would be crass to have any type of shop/ cafe there but for the number of visitors and the time they wish to spend there surely this merits a public convenience.

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Reviewed 18 July 2014

This is the second time I have visited the memorial, the first time i had no idea I have two relatives named on the wall, I have only discovered recently when investigating my family tree so wanted to re-visit, This place is so peaceful even though in the middle of town immaculately kept and very moving, strange but I love it here, a fitting momorial.

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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Whilst the cemetery here is not large compared to some of the others in the region, the Memorial to the Missing represents one of the greater tragedies of the war in recognising those without known graves. A very important location with a lot of power and emotion.

1  Thank Richard F
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

We visited early morning and were the only 2 there. So many young lives given up and so many bodies un discovered - we hadn't really realised to what extent. Th Commonwealth War Graves Commission do an excellent job of maintaining it.

2  Thank AliGed1925
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

This beautifully kept cemetery made us very conscious of the sacrifices made by British servicemen in the wars. It is an atmospheric place.

1  Thank UlverstonJanet
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