Rampart Cemetery & Museum, Ieper
Located on the South flank of the fortresses of Ypres, 50m West at the Lille Gate , at the moat , about 750m South of Ypres Market Square the Rose Coombs walk passes along this cemetery , in and around Lille Gate remember various items to the First World War , including the Ramparts Museum and the old - CWGC signposts
The cemetery has a large curved floor plan, and a sloping terrain, it was designed by Reginald Blomfield , with the cooperation of GH Goldsmith, the cemetery is largely surrounded by a hedge , to the Z - side ( side of the water ) is not a fence
The entrance is formed by a wrought iron gates , flanked by two white stone pillars , which allows to read Ramparts Cemetery Lille Gate , at the entrance is the registry table, on the D side is adorned with the 'Cross of Sacrifice ' ( type A ).
According to the current registry are 197 soldiers buried in this cemetery , including 162 deaths in the United Kingdom ( 9 of which could not be identified ) , 11 Australians , 10 Canadians and 14 New Zealanders .
This is the smallest cemetery of the Ypres Salient but the most beautifully situated with the grass running down the water's edge of the large moat.
The access to the cemetery is on the left side of the Rijsselspoort (coming from outside Ypres by the N37) in the ramparts from the time of Vauban (the most famous military engineer of King Louis XIV). There is a small pay parking at the entry of the Rijsselstraat.
During World War I shelters were dug into the ramparts, with their thick walls, to house large numbers of resting soldiers, headquarters and other rear line units.
In the Ramparts Cemetery lie 188 soldiers buried all over the war period. They are English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealanders of which 10 Maoris from a Pioneer Battalion. Many of them worked in support roles in salvage, headquarters, field ambulances, engineers and transports. They were not less exposed than the assault troops.
As in any cemetery with over 40 graves, stands here a Cross of Sacrifice, which is a simple cross embedded with a bronze sword and mounted on an octagonal base designed by the architect R. Blomfield.
Ramparts Military Cemetery. It was founded by the French in October 1914 but was used by the British between February 1915 and April 1918. At the cemetery rest 153 Britons, 11 Australians, 14 soldiers from New Zealand (all Maori), 10 Canadians and 9 "Soldiers of the Great War" Strange as it may seem they have a fantastic resting place overlooking the water.
As we continued our walk along the Ramparts, we reached the Ramparts Cemetery.
This Ramparts Cemetery is located near the Lille gate (Rijsel poort).
The Ramparts Cemetery is a small British military cemetery, which contains the graves of 154 soldiers from the U.K., 14 from New Zealand, 11 from Australia, 10 from Canada and 3 unknown soldiers (total of 192).
The New Zealand soldiers belonged to the Maori- battalion, they came from "the most uttermost spot on earth".
Before we head back to the town's centre we visit the Ramparts cemetry. This British burrial ground is not that big and contains a few hundred graves. It is situated on top of the fortifications and is remarkable silent. Ieper itself has yet one other cemetry in it's centre (the British cemetry) and is therefor not as full with shocking reminders the war then the surroundings. Anyway, knowing what happened in the Ypres Saillant, this follows in every of your footsteps and a cemetry like this brings you back to that.
Climbing up the ramparts near the Menenpoort (Menin Gate) one can visit one of the many British cemeteries in and around Ieper.