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St Symphorien Military Cemetery

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Address: Mons, Belgium
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St. Symphorien Military Cemetery is located 2 Kms east of Mons on the N90 a...

St. Symphorien Military Cemetery is located 2 Kms east of Mons on the N90 a road leading to Charleroi. On reaching St. Symphorien the right hand turning from the N90 leads onto the Rue Nestor Dehon. The cemetery lies 200 metres along the Rue Nestor Dehon.

GPS Co-ordinates: Longitude 04°00'38", Latitude 50°25'57"

The cemetery at St. Symphorien was established by the German Army during the First World War as a final resting place for British and German soldiers killed at the Battle of Mons. Among those buried here is Private John Parr of the Middlesex Regiment, who was fatally wounded during an encounter with a German patrol two days before the battle, thus becoming the first British soldier to be killed in action on the Western Front.

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A MUST SEE for the WW1 PILGRIM

This cemetery was designed by the German Army in 1917. It harbors the graves of the first British (Pte J. PARR) casualty 1914, the last Canadian (Pte PRICE) and British (Pte G.E... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 16 February 2017
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Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

This cemetery was designed by the German Army in 1917. It harbors the graves of the first British (Pte J. PARR) casualty 1914, the last Canadian (Pte PRICE) and British (Pte G.E. ELLISON) casualty 1918 and posthumous VC 1914 holder Lt Maurice James DEASE. Very special cemetery with a mix of German and British graves situated at approximately 100 to... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

Historical and emotional visit that anyone should do. The cemetery shelters Commonwealth soldiers from all sorts of regiments as well as German soldiers. The layout of the cemetery makes it impressive but also calming and meditative.

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Retford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

Totally unique, this cemetery is one of the simplest, yet most moving , in France and Belgium. Take your time-at least an hour -as there is so much to see that is different and exclusive. We were doubly fortunate as a group-not only did we hold our own Remembrance Ceremony there, but we were able to join in the villagers'... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Tucked away between farms in southwestern Mons is a quaint, multilevel garden of a cemetery with British and German graves and memorials. Worth your time. Not simple to locate on a navi, I'd recommend a search starting with the town of Saint Symphorien. Groundskeeping appeared to be on a budget the day I visited in early September. Shame.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

This is so different to any other war grave site I have visited in France or Belgium. The layout is perfect being amongst trees and natural hollows. Also unusual in that it was commenced by the Germans and contains both German and British graves. Take about half an hour to visit but half an hour well spent.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

The last soldier killed in World War I was a Canadian. His grave was moved into this cemetery and now he rests in peace among his comrades. It is worth the short drive from Mons to see this picturesque cemetery and remember her occupants.

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Bodmin, England
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

A respectful place. We are English and there was us visiting at the same time as a coach load off Germans - which was quite poignant. My husband is in the Navy and was very touched. Well worth a visit if you are in Mons. Is small so only took half an hour to visit thoroughly.

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Yeovil, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2016

Really well maintained and marvellous cemetery that appeared in 2014 on the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI. Very caring local population, we were invited into a house near-by for drinks and discussions. There are soldiers here from the very start of WWI and the end of WWI, both UK and German. Very moving. If you are in the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

This is a beautiful place that has captured a piece of history from War War I. Well kept with several landmarks indicating it's history. Small area but a lot of steps to climb. Landscaping is beautiful. A Must see.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016

We followed the advice of a previous reviewer and caught a number 22 bus from near the railway station opposite Pizza Hut. It costs 2 euros 10 and is 7 stops to the village of St. Symphorien. It is a pleasant 10 min stroll to the cemetery from the bus stop. There are no facilities, so don't expect to be... More 

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