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Address: Vijfwegestraat 1, Zonnebeke 8980, Belgium
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+32 51 77 04 41

It is now the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the world in terms of...

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.

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The information centre was well laid out and full of information. The cemetery is very moving and peaceful.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

The information centre was well laid out and full of information. The cemetery is very moving and peaceful.

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Newport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The sheer size of this cemetery with its row upon row of graves of fallen soldiers and its imposing monument at the centre make it a must see and truly brings home the scale of the lives that were lost, particularly when you note that so many were buried 'unknown'. We visited on Remembrance Day so inevitably it was extremely... More 

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Caterham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you need to limit yourself to one or two cemeteries, then Tyne Cot is probably the first one you will pick out. It is a large cemetery and one of the best. It is mainly British, but with other commonwealth as well. The small museum on the side is adequate but there are better elsewhere (Zonnebeke) and therefore I... More 

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Geraardsbergen, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enormous, great and very silently at the same time. Unbeleivable to realize that so many lives ended here. Hopefully the place make agressive countries and people think twice before starting a battle. At the moment we were there an English military group of young people was standing respectfully and quite at the center of the cemetery. We were shocked to... More 

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Amble, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've visited the cemetery on a number of occasions ,on the latest occasion we got there very early on a summers morning when there was on one else about , as always the cemetery was immaculate and on this occasion the place was haven of peace and tranqulity. The cemetery brings home the huge loss of men involved in the... More 

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Zonnebeke, Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

splendid view of ypres. very easy to find from the center of Zonnebeke. it is a very beautifal place to remember the wo1. thx to the war graves commission.

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Ashford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

This Cemetery is a Truly amazing Memorial to the Fallen. While I was there the ground workers were doing an amazing job of maintaining everything. Washing paths , walls and headstones. Cutting grass , and planting flowers , even replacing worn headstones. This is a Must see if your either in the area or planning a visit.

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017

Overwhelming is the word. The massive loss of life. Visit to remember the horrors of war and the fallen. It was very quiet when we were there, peaceful and still. VISIT

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Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

a fitting and moving experience to honour our brave men who gave all so we can live today. They must never be forgotten. This is one of the biggest war cemeteries and it really brings it home the complete carnage and waste of mens lives that took place during this terrible and bloody time. The memorial wall is ever so... More 

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Garner, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

We were there in late August when the grass was green and the flowers were in full bloom. It was beautiful, peaceful and hard to imagine it had been a place of such carnage. It was obvious that the cemetery was located on the battlefield because battlefield ruins were among the graves. As I understood from our guide, soldiers lost... More 

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