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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