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TYNE COT CEMETERY AND MEMORIAL
Please note that on 17 October 2014 due to live national broadcasting as part of the project ‘ light front’ there is likely to be limited access to the rear of the cemetery as from 1500hrs. Exit from the cemetery will only be via the main front entrance. Wheelchair users are asked to contact us for special arrangements between 1500 hrs and 1800 hrs on that day. There will be no access as from 1800hrs. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
www.cwgc.org - + 32(0)57223636
For more information about the Light Front, please surf to www.gonewest.be
Tyne Cot Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth War Graves cemetery in the world. It is also the most important reminder of the Battle of Passchendaele, 1917. During that British offensive from July till November of 1917 almost 500,000 soldiers died in the immediate area over a period of just one hundred days, gaining barely eight kilometres.
On 4 October 1917, Australian soldiers captured the position that the cemetery now covers and used it as an advanced dressing station. Soldiers who died of their injuries were buried on the spot. Quickly a small cemetery was created with approximately three hundred graves. Between
1919 and 1921 specialist units called ‘Exhumation Companies’ brought almost 12,000 dead to Tyne Cot from the surrounding battlefields. Most of their bodies could not be identified and are marked as ‘Known unto God’.
The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and inaugurated in 1927. The rear wall of the cemetery is a Memorial to the Missing. It bears the names of 35,000 British and New Zealand servicemen who fell in the vicinity after 16 August 1917 and whose bodies have not been identified or have never been recovered. The Tyne Cot Memorial continues the list of names inscribed on the Ypres Menin Gate.
In 2007 Queen Elizabeth II inaugurated an informative visitor centre, which has a panoramic view over the battlefields of 1917. The visitor infrastructure has also been provided with a car park and toilet facilities. The cemetery itself is maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Tyne Cot Cemetery: Vijfwegestraat, 8980-BE Passendale
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