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Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Arthur Conway Young, Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium

Today is International Day of Peace, devoted to commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace within and among all nations and people.

Each soldier tells a story. That story may be of peace.

Amongst the almost 12,000 burials in Tyne Cot Cemetery, the message on one gravestone stands out: Continue reading

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial, Zonnebeke, Belgium

With more than 11,900 who died in WW1 buried or commemorated, Tyne Cot Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth cemetery in the world. More than 8,370 of the burials are unidentified.

The area was captured from the Germans in October 1917. One of the German blockhouses was then used as an advanced dressing station. The cemetery was to bury those who did not survive their wounds, about 350 in all. Following the Armistice, bodies from several smaller nearby cemeteries were moved to Tyne Cot. These include many of those killed in the Battles of Langemarck and Passchendaele. Continue reading