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Tyne Cot Cemetery

Vijfwegestraat 1, Zonnebeke 8980, Belgium
+32 51 77 04 41
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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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Vijfwegestraat 1, Zonnebeke 8980, Belgium
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Reviewed yesterday

A very moving place to visit but don't miss it. As with all Commonwealth War Graves it is immaculate, but with a wall listing the names of the missing it is one of the best to visi in the Passendale/Flanders region. Follow the narrow road...More

Thank Alan1Bangor
Reviewed 3 days ago

The size of Tyne Cot is the first amazement, and then the sheer beauty of the precision of the graves and memorials, even the old German fortifications, and the wonderfully tended flowers and plants. This cemetery should be a required destination for every child, to...More

Thank Horleylad
Reviewed 4 days ago

Tyne Cot is worth a visit to try to gain an understanding of the loss of WW1. This is the Commonwealth's largest war grave; and also at the site, surrounding the graves in a massive arc are thousands and thousands of names of soldiers who...More

Thank OnTheCoastAl
Reviewed 4 days ago

Tyne Cot is the largest of Commonwealth WW1 memorial cemetery. The visitor centre, although small, has some very moving artefacts including letters to families of those who lost their lives. I strongly recommend a visit to Passendale Museum as part of your visit.

Thank chilledouttouris2017
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

To honour the fallen heroes who fell here and rest in this cemetery where GERMAN pillboxes have been incorporated into a layout similar to a church. The list of names is interminable as they could not all fit into the Menin gates memorial in Ypres

Thank Nolinice
Reviewed 6 days ago

It is very sobering to walk through this cemetery and see the countless soldiers buried there and the names on the walls. We were late in visiting the site (around 21:00) and found it to be empty and not a soul around. It was amazing...More

Thank Gerry R
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are doing a WW1 tour of Belgium, you must visit this cemetery. It is beautiful kept like most war memorials and graves. It is just huge and it gives you the perspective of how many young men died during the great war on...More

Thank MgagneOttawa_Ontario
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There are 12,000 men buried here and less than 4000 are identified. So many headstones with only their rank and country of origin.

Thank Ingramcg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in Ypres so took an enjoyable country walk through lanes one afternoon to Tyne Cot Cemetery. It was well worth coming to so that we could pay our respects to those buried and commemorated here.

Thank alhcookboy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The largest British military cemetery in the world is a must see destination if you are trying to find ancestors. There are approx 12,000 graves and a memorial wall of 33,000 soldiers who have no known grave. The cross stands on one of the three...More

Thank Wendy R
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We are visiting Tyne Cot next weekend on a Battlefields Tour. My husband has an uncle named on the wall. Can we purchase a poppy cross or wreath in the Visitor Centre to leave in his remembrance. Many thanks in anticipation. Nena Ellen.
12 September 2015|
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Response from geert_wittenberg | Reviewed this property |
As far as I know tey are not for sale. I have question too. During the 2nd WW, tree English soldiers (Fred, Ray and Bil) stayed at my grandparents house in the Village called Schendelbeke (near Geraardsbergen) in Belgium... More
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7 September 2015|
Response from James B | Reviewed this property |
Coordinates: 50°53′13″N 02°59′53″E
How long would you suggest we give ourselves to visit? There are one or two other things we want to do on the same day whilst we are in the area. thanks
27 May 2015|
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Response from M4TRAVELLER | Reviewed this property |
You should spend at least 1. 5 hours here, as it is one of the largest CWG Cemeteries. The good news is that unlike the smaller cemeteries there are toilets available ( .50 euros @ Mar 15). It is also well worth also... More