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Bedford House Cemetery

Bedford House Cemetery

War cemetery on the ruins of a country house

Once a country house set in lush parkland just outside Ypres, Bedford House was blown to bits during the First World War. The ruins were then used as a field hospital and brigade headquarters, among other things.

The longer the fighting continued, the more war dead fell. They were buried on the grounds of Bedford House in several small cemeteries. These were merged after the Armistice into the vast British cemetery where more than 5,000 bodies rest today.

Cross of Sacrifice

The cemetery contains a remnant of the former country house's ice cellar. Two round pavilions, the Cross of Sacrifice and the Stone of Remembrance, surround the tight rows of white tombstones, typical elements found in many other Commonwealth cemeteries.

Bedford House Cemetery is one of the World War I cemeteries declared a Unesco World Heritage Site in 2023.

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