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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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Sanctuary Wood Cemetery

1:20 Driver W. Crajgie 2:05 Private P. Hawkes 2:45 Flieghauptm. Hans Roser 3:00 Private Fred Baldwin Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery

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Rue Petillon Military Cemetery

1:00 Duhallow Block for 21 missing graves 3:00 Private K.N. McDonald 5:50 Soldat Joseph Gutleben 6:45 Private James Innes Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery

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Rossignol Wood Cemetery

Hebuterne village remained in Allied hands from March 1915, to the Armistice, although during the German advances in the summer of 1918, it was practically on the front line. Rossignol Wood was taken by the Germans at the end of March 1918 and recovered in the following July. The cemetery was begun in March 1917, by the 46th Division Burial Officer, about 350 metres to the west of the wood. The German plot was added after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields immediatel

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Ramillies British Cemetery

The village of Ramillies was captured by the Canadian Corps on the night of 8-9 October 1918. The original cemetery contained 93 graves dating from 30 September to 17 October but after the Armistice, further graves were brought into the cemetery. Ramillies British Cemetery now contains 180 Great War burials. The cemetery was designed by W C Von Berg.

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Raismes Communal Cemetery

0:18 Lieutenant Harold Schaffer 0:25 Sapper J.H. Bartle 0:29 Sapper F. Comeau 0:33 Sapper D.S. Maynard 0:39 Private L. Vizena 0:45 Private J. Gallagher 0:50 Private T.W. Slade 0:55 Major T.W. Taylor MC 1:00 Gunner F. Plummer 1:07 Sapper D. Smith MM 1:12 Private R. Hannah 1:18 Private G.J. Cooper 1:24 Private D. Fearon 1:29 Lance Corporal G.S. Whittaker 1:35 Private Samuel Basil Flood MM 1:40 Serjeant-Major W.T. Johnson DCM 1:45 Private J.M. Gwinn 1:50 Lieutenant E. Milner 1:55 Lieutenant C.L.W.

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Raismes Communal Cemetery

0:18 Lieutenant Harold Schaffer 0:25 Sapper J.H. Bartle 0:29 Sapper F. Comeau 0:33 Sapper D.S. Maynard 0:39 Private L. Vizena 0:45 Private J. Gallagher 0:50 Private T.W. Slade 0:55 Major T.W. Taylor MC 1:00 Gunner F. Plummer 1:07 Sapper D. Smith MM 1:12 Private R. Hannah 1:18 Private G.J. Cooper 1:24 Private D. Fearon 1:29 Lance Corporal G.S. Whittaker 1:35 Private Samuel Basil Flood MM 1:40 Serjeant-Major W.T. Johnson DCM 1:45 Private J.M. Gwinn 1:50 Lieutenant

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R. E. Farm Cemetery

R. E.  Farm Cemetery.  Wytschaete (now Wijtschate) was in Allied hands until 1 November 1914, from June 1917 to April 1918, and from 28 September 1918 onwards. It was the scene of exceptionally severe fighting in November 1914 and April 1918. "R.E. Farm" was the military name given to the Ferme des douze Bonniers. This building remained in Allied hands until April 1918. In December 1914 the 1st Dorsets began a cemetery (No.1) on the east side of the farm, which was used by fighting units and fie

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Quievrain Communal Cemetery

0:20 Lieutenant C. Hereron MM 0:45 Private F. Smith 2:00 Sergeant A.J. MacLeod 2:25 Private A. Lundmark 3:00 Corporal A. Blackwell

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Queant Road Cemetery, Buissy

Buissy was reached by the Third Army on 2 September 1918, after the storming of the Drocourt-Queant line, and it was evacuated by the Germans on the following day. Queant Cemetery was made by the 2nd and 57th Casualty Clearing Stations in October and November 1918. It then consisted of 71 graves (now Plot I, Rows A and B), but was greatly enlarged after the Armistice when 2200 graves were brought in from the battlefields of 1917-1918 between Arras and Bapaume, and from smaller burial grounds in

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Potijze Château Wood Cemetery

Potijze Château Wood Cemetery. The Potijze Chateau Cemeteries. The old chateau grounds at Potijze are the site of three Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries containing over 850 Commonwealth burials of the Great War. Potijze Chateau Grounds, Potijze Chateau Lawn, and Potijze Chateau Wood cemeteries were all formed in the spring of 1915 and used for the burial of Commonwealth soldiers until 1918. The architectural features of the cemeteries were designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield in the 1

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Potijze Château Lawn and Grounds Cemeteries

Potijze Château Lawn and Grounds Cemeteries (The Potijze Chateau Cemeteries). The old chateau grounds at Potijze are the site of three Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries containing over 850 Commonwealth burials of the Great War. Potijze Chateau Grounds, Potijze Chateau Lawn, and Potijze Chateau Wood cemeteries were all formed in the spring of 1915 and used for the burial of Commonwealth soldiers until 1918. The architectural features of the cemeteries were designed by Sir Reginald Blo

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Potijze Burial Ground

Potijze Burial Ground. Potijze was within the Allied lines during practically the whole of the First Word War and although subject to incessant shell fire, Potijze Chateau contained an Advanced Dressing Station. Potijze Burial Ground Cemetery was used from April 1915 to October 1918. There are now 584 Commonwealth burials of the Great War within the cemetery. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

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