Ieper – Tyne Cot Cemetery

The Tyne Cot Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery and Memorial to the Missing near Passendale is the largest British military cemetery in the world with 11,954 burials. Along the walls of the inclosing arc are the names of another 35,000 missing for the years 1917-1918. The mud of the Passendale campaign particularly contributed number of missing. The area like most military cemeteries was the site of a battle that took place on October, 4 1917. There are three German bunkers in the cemetery, two are readily visible and the third is under the Cross of Sacrifice that is part of every Commonwealth Cemetery.

Given its size, importance, and proximity there were dozens of British tourists and several tour groups. It was quite a marked contrast from some of the remoter cemeteries that where wrapped in quiet. On the other hand, we did get to eavesdrop on the tour and learn a few things.

Tyne Cot: Roses and an unknown

Tyne Cot: Roses and an unknown

Tyne Cot: Rose with the names of the missing in the background

Tyne Cot: Rose with the names of the missing in the background

Tyne Cot: Names of the missing

Tyne Cot: Names of the missing

Tyne Cot:  the New Zealand missing

Tyne Cot: the New Zealand missing

Tyne Cot: Some of the missing

Tyne Cot: Some of the missing

Tyne Cot: The Cross of Sacrifice on top of the German bunker

Tyne Cot: The Cross of Sacrifice on top of the German bunker

Tyne Cot: A wreathe of poppies and crosses of remberance

Tyne Cot: A wreathe of poppies and crosses of remembrance

Tyne Cot: Crosses of remembrance at the foot of the Cross of Sacrifice

Tyne Cot: Crosses of remembrance at the foot of the Cross of Sacrifice

Tyne Cot: An Australian unknown soldier

Tyne Cot: An Australian unknown soldier

Tyne Cot:  Ieper is the two tall spires in the distance

Tyne Cot: Ieper is the two tall spires in the distance

Tyne Cot: Looking towards Ieper

Tyne Cot: Looking towards Ieper

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