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I've visited over 300 Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) cemeteries, and dozens of Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V. (counterpart to the CWGC) cemeteries in the Western Front, and they all hold two things in common for me - they are uniquely beautiful, and they never cease to move me. It is both a profoundly disturbing and rewarding experience to be surrounded by so many souls whose lives were cut way too short, in all too often horrifying circumstances. If you never get the chance to visit these cemeteries in person, I hope your virtual-visit gives you an appreciation for the manner in which these men and women are cared for, in perpetuity by representatives of the CWGC and volunteers of the humanitarian organization Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V.. This blog also contains videos of various ceremonies in Europe and Canada, with a particular emphasis on the Great War Centenary (2014-2018).  We Will Remember Them.

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Bellacourt Military Cemetery

0:50 Serjeant C.F. Franklin MM 1:35 Private G.M. Taylor 4:20 Soldat William Journie 4:45 Ein Unbekannter Deutscher Krieger 4:55 Soldat Chauvin

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Bapaume Post MIlitary Cemetery Video

1:30 Lieutenant James William Williams 1:35 Major F. E. Hall 1:40 Major John Simon Lewis 2:10 Acting Bombardier Arthur Clifford Major 6:35 Gunner H. Walsh MM 7:20 Private S.F. Hinchliffe 8:20 Lieutenant Allen Oliver MC   

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Bailleul Road East Cemetery, St. Laurent-Blangy

Bailleul Road East Cemetery, St. Laurent-Blangy.  A greater part of the village was included in the front taken over by British troops in March 1916, and the remainder fell into British hands on the first day of the Battles of Arras, the 9th April 1917. Bailleul Road East Cemetery was begun by the 34th Division in April 1917, and carried on by fighting units until the following November; and Plot I, Row R, was added in August 1918. Plots II, III, IV and V were made after the Armistice by the con

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Bailleul Communal Cemetery and Extension Nord

0:45 Private Ernest Samuel Weeks 1:05 Oberleutenant Ernst Halbrock 1:40 Serjeant J. Grindlay 5:25 Captain A.L. Mercer 7:50 Soldat Max Maucke 8:30 Gunner P. Cranmer Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery

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Bac-du-Sud British Cemetery

0:45 Gunner C.S. True 1:20 Jäger Johann Sengenberger 2:00 Gunner Frank Williams Lamplough 2:40 Corporal D. Drolet 5:55 Jäger Josef Kirch

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Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension

1:15 Corporal Claude Joseph Patrick Nunney VC DCM MM 2:15 Private T.W. Turner 2:25 Lieutenant George Olal J.C. Jackson 3:30 Private R. Ling Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery  

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Arnhem Oosterbeek War Cemetery

1:20 Sapper R.T. McKee 2:45 Lieutenant J.L. McKenna 3:30 Flying Officer J.W. Erickson 3:45 Squadron Leader J.P. Gilliard, DFC 3:55 Flight Lieutenant D.S.A. Lord, VC, DFC 5:40 Strz. W. Skiers (Polish Forces) 8:00 Captain B.W.H. Hingston

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Ancre British Cemetery

The village of Beaumont-Hamel was attacked on 1 July 1916 by the 29th Division, with the 4th on its left and the 36th (Ulster) on its right, but without success. On 3 September a further attack was delivered between Hamel and Beaumont-Hamel and on 13 and 14 November, the 51st (Highland), 63rd (Royal Naval), 39th and 19th (Western) Divisions finally succeeded in capturing Beaumont-Hamel, Beaucourt-sur-Ancre and St. Pierre-Divion. Following the German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line in the sprin

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Albert Communal Cemetery Extension

Albert was held by French forces against the German advance on the Somme in September 1914. It passed into British hands in the summer of 1915; and the first fighting in July 1916, is known as the Battle of Albert, 1916. It was captured by the Germans on the 26th April 1918, and before its recapture by the 8th East Surreys on the following 22nd August (in the Battle of Albert, 1918,) it had been completely destroyed by artillery fire. The Extension was used by fighting units and Field Ambulances

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