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Tyne Cot Cemetery

Tyne Cot Cemetery

One of the largest Commonwealth cemeteries in the world

Tyne Cot Cemetery is the largest British military cemetery in continental Europe. More than 10,000 soldiers who died at the Battle of Passchendaele in 1917 during the First World War were buried in the monumental cemetery in Passchendaele.

After World War I, 12,000 war dead from surrounding battlefields were gathered at this former German defensive position. Only just under four thousand of them could be identified. The walls flanking the cemetery count more than 30,000 names of British, Irish and New Zealand soldiers without a grave.

World heritage site

The cemetery was opened in 1927, and over a century later, in 2023, Tyne Cot Cemetery was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The Cross of Sacrifice stands atop a former German bunker. An inverted sword hangs from the cross as a sign of willingness to sacrifice. The Cross of Sacrifice can also be found in many other British cemeteries in the Westhoek.

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