flintwich, on 01 July 2011 - 07:17 AM, said:
Tom, guessing St Symphorien.
Sgt Flintwich - You are correct with St Symphorien, so should pick up the gauntlet
- (Rose Coombes, as mentioned by Martin, was the original source. I had double-checked in my very old and very dog-eared copy of Before Endeavours Fade
I think I have to agree with what Ms Coombes said with regards to the "unusual" layout of this cemetery. It does have a pretty unique atmosphere and charm, and it also has more than its fair share of "stories to tell". I doubt though that it gets anything like the number of visitors of any similar sized cemetery on the Somme or the Salient, simply because of its location. In some ways that's maybe a good thing. If you are going to visit it then please note what follows !
Shirley - You mentioned "Mons Cemetery"
, and I should possibly suspect that you were thinking of the cemetery down the road at St Symphorien ? - Or, did you really mean "Mons" as in the CWGC plot in Mons (Bergen) Communal Cemetery ? (HERE)
That is also a quite fascinating cemetery. The communal cemetery is vast and its a bit of a treck from the entrance to the CWGC area, but the communal cemetery is interesting in its own right, and the CWGC plot and the plots about it are well worth a stroll. The burials are mainly British, French, Belgian, and German military - the Belgian burials spanning a much longer period than WW1. There is even an unknown Rumanian soldier buried there, and many civilians, some with headstone references to "war related" deaths. Possibly the least visited "substantial" CWGC site from the Great War ? It is fairly close to the centre of Mons and has easy parking. It, and St Symphorien, with lunch in Mons, easily qualify as a day's visit if you are staying elsewhere on the Western Front.
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