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Tyne Cot [Oct. 18th, 2010|09:41 am]
Tony Grist
Tyne Cot is the largest war cemetery in the Ypres salient. Also the largest Commonwealth war cemetery anywhere in the world. Its name (though this is disputed) originates in a soldierly joke about a captured German blockhouse looking exactly like a cottage on the river Tyne- back home in Blighty. Just down the road is the village of Passchendaele- now called Passendale- which was stomped into rubble in 1917. 

It is remarkable how the land has healed. The battlefields are farming land again. The villages- rebuilt so you could drive through and never guess what happened here- are just villages.  This is a very sleepy place.


[User Picture]From: veronica_milvus
2010-10-18 12:41 pm (UTC)
I've got a great uncle over there somewhere, Geordie Wheatley, who died on July 1st 1916 aged 22. He was a Northumberland Fusilier and might have recognised the Tyne Cot. No known grave.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-10-18 02:47 pm (UTC)
He'll be listed on the wall then- or possibly at the Menin Gate. No-one from the Great War is entirely without a memorial.

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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2010-10-18 01:34 pm (UTC)
I can't help but think of the poem...

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row...

These are very moving photos.

Edited at 2010-10-18 01:34 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-10-18 02:51 pm (UTC)
I was reading somewhere recently that the Great War was the first war in which ordinary soldiers were honoured with individual graves.
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2010-10-18 03:50 pm (UTC)
That last shot of the stones and the cypresses is very striking.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-10-18 06:55 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I love cypresses.
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[User Picture]From: shanghai7
2010-10-19 11:29 am (UTC)
The name comes from a map reference. It was mostly North east English troops there first. Tyne Cot is only for 1917 and after, all dead unknown from 1914-16 or 17 are Menin Gate.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-10-19 11:37 am (UTC)
There's a photo in the cemetery's visitor's centre which shows the battered remains of the German blockhouse with "Tyne Cot" written on it in large letters.
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