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St Symphorien Military Cemetery

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A wonderful example of reconciliation

This really well-maintained (CWGC) cemetery contains graves of both Allied and German soldiers and... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Enemies lie together

Like all of these Great War cemeteries St Symphorien is sobering and saddening, but this one has... read more

Reviewed 12 September 2017
Wellington, New Zealand
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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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Mons, Belgium
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

This really well-maintained (CWGC) cemetery contains graves of both Allied and German soldiers and tributes to both. Although much smaller in scale than many others, its topography and many different layouts give this cemetery a high level of interest and sense of peace. Well worth...More

Thank RealYstyck
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Like all of these Great War cemeteries St Symphorien is sobering and saddening, but this one has the added, unusual aspect of having almost equal numbers of allied and German war dead. The cemetery was established by the Germans after the retreat from Mons with...More

1  Thank AllanJGJ
Reviewed 31 August 2017

The Cemetery has both English and German Soldiers buried there. it is well maintained and very humbling place to visit it is the resting place for the first and last that was killed in WW1 And a V.C holder.

Thank Plymmum
Reviewed 21 July 2017

So many graves f the fallen. And so many dedicated to the Unknown soldiers who fought and died so young.

Thank Ann H
Reviewed 5 July 2017

When you visit this place you could be forgiven for thinking that the manicured lawns, shady nooks and crannies and gleaming white stones form part of the grand garden of an English stately home. Unfortunately this is just one more reminder of the vast loss...More

Thank Chris S
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Not a cemetery I had heard about before we purchased a book about WWI cemeteries but, as we were staying for a night in Mons, we decided to make a visit. What a spot! Set amongst trees, this is the nicest and most moving of...More

Thank Sally F
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

A very quite and well kept cemetery, the place is the last resting place of the first and last soldier to die in Frances during the 1st world war. A place for reflectance on the absolute waste of life that was WW1.

Thank BMWS1000XR
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Very well-kept and well-arranged site of remembrance of international soldiers killed in action in World Wars I and II. Plainly and unobtrusively touching and inspiring.

Thank globetrotter0105
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...More

Thank conrad57
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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Clare L
9 July 2015|
Response from Justin C |
Hi Clare, You can get off at the Mons Gare (train station) and download the Belgium SNCB app to your smartphone. From there it'll tell you which bus line to take to get to Saint Symphorien. It's only 6 or 8 km from the... More