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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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Tyne Cot Cemetery, Part I

Tyne Cot Cemetery, Part I.  Near the town of Ieper in Belgium is Tyne Cot Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in the world. It is now the resting place of more than 11,900 servicemen of the British Empire and a lone identified soldier of the German Army from the Great War. This area on the Western Front was the scene of the Third Battle of Ypres, also known as the Battle of Passchendaele; it was one of the major battles of the Great War.

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Chambieres French National Cemetery

1:20 Lieutenant W.H. Goodale 1:45 Private F.L. McWhinnie 2:20 Lieutenant Lennock de Graaff Godet 3:45 Sergeant J. Winn 5:30 Private D. Stewart 4:35 Private T.J. Tyler

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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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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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Oostaverne Wood Cemetery

Made this one especially for the very special great-niece (and her son) of Private Arthur Birkett Croman of the Royal Welch Fusiliers.

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Ecoivres Military Cemetery

1:05 Acting Bombardier Gilbert Bryan Davies 1:35 Captain E.F.S. Mather 1:40 Gunner D.J. McDaniels 2:20 Lieutenant Colonel A.T. Thomson DSO MC 2:50 Lieutenant John Hamshere DCM 3:40 Major W. Beverley Growther MC 4:30 Lieutenant S. Spurgeon McKenzie 5:00 Private Eugene Perry (Shot at Dawn) 7:05 Luftkampf Hans Hamrich Zierssen Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery

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Browns Road Military Cemetery

1:25 Private J.B. Dumais 1:30 Lieutenant F. Douglas Leach Green 1:50 Gunner J. Stephen 2:05 Private G.H. Olsen 2:40 Private F. Byford 3:15 Gunner S. Taylor 3:45 Captain R.H. Stewart

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Le Touret Military Memorial and Cemetery

1:10 Major D.J. Tenaille 1:15 Major John Nicol Warminton 1:20 Private J.F. Chaisson 3:15 Hermann Budde 3:20 Wilhelm Witt 3:25 Gunner G.H. Medhurst 3:50 Lieutenant J.M. Currie 4:00 Captain J.R. Innes-Hopkins

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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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