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St Symphorien Military Cemetery

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On military visit

A very well looked after cemetery with the first and last casualty of the Great War 1914 -18. A... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Tom B
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Pocklington, United Kingdom
Sad but beautiful

Visited this graveyard just outside Mons. Not the easiest to find but worth the trip. Well kept... read more

Reviewed 10 April 2018
KilkennySean
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Ireland
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St. Symphorien Military Cemetery is located 2 Kms east of Mons on the N90 a road leading to Charleroi. On reaching St. Symphorien the right hand turning from the N90 leads onto the Rue Nestor Dehon. The cemetery lies 200 metres along the Rue Nestor Dehon. GPS Co-ordinates: Longitude 04°00'38", Latitude 50°25'57" The cemetery at St. Symphorien was established by the German Army during the First World War as a final resting place for British and German soldiers killed at the Battle of Mons. Among those buried here is Private John Parr of the Middlesex Regiment, who was fatally wounded during an encounter with a German patrol two days before the battle, thus becoming the first British soldier to be killed in action on the Western Front.
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Mons, Belgium
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very well looked after cemetery with the first and last casualty of the Great War 1914 -18. A very well laid out cemetery with graves of both sides. A poignant reminder of the cost of war.

Thank Tom B
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Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Visited this graveyard just outside Mons. Not the easiest to find but worth the trip. Well kept and easy to get around.

Thank KilkennySean
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Reviewed 21 March 2018

We were told that this is the only cemetery to hold allied and German soldiers so we wanted to take a look. We were also told that this area was where the first and last shots were fired in WWI. The cemetery in very tranquil...More

Thank Jennifer M
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Reviewed 18 March 2018 via mobile

The cemetery was originated by the Germans in 1917, so I'm guessing this is reason that it looks like no other CWGC cemetery that we have visited. For this reason and the mixed burials, the cemetery is more poignant than others. It is little unfortunate...More

Thank Andrew J
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Reviewed 6 February 2018 via mobile

.... ever we needed one. This is such a beautiful and peaceful place to sit and contemplate. It's well worth reading the history before you arrive, of how this cemetery came into being and what makes it unique, and especially look at the 23rd and...More

Thank Paul T
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

Mixed British & German Cemetery, as requested by the original Belgian landowner to the German occupiers. It is medium sized. Unlike the British country garden feel of most CWGC cemeteries, this is very wooded with a series of glades. It contains the graves of Pte...More

1  Thank ypressalientfundi
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Reviewed 30 October 2017

This really well-maintained (CWGC) cemetery contains graves of both Allied and German soldiers and tributes to both. Although much smaller in scale than many others, its topography and many different layouts give this cemetery a high level of interest and sense of peace. Well worth...More

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Reviewed 12 September 2017

Like all of these Great War cemeteries St Symphorien is sobering and saddening, but this one has the added, unusual aspect of having almost equal numbers of allied and German war dead. The cemetery was established by the Germans after the retreat from Mons with...More

2  Thank AllanJGJ
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Reviewed 31 August 2017

The Cemetery has both English and German Soldiers buried there. it is well maintained and very humbling place to visit it is the resting place for the first and last that was killed in WW1 And a V.C holder.

Thank Plymmum
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Reviewed 21 July 2017

So many graves f the fallen. And so many dedicated to the Unknown soldiers who fought and died so young.

Thank Ann H
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Clare L
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Response from Justin C |
Hi Clare, You can get off at the Mons Gare (train station) and download the Belgium SNCB app to your smartphone. From there it'll tell you which bus line to take to get to Saint Symphorien. It's only 6 or 8 km from the... More
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