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Vimy and Belgium Canadian Battlefield Tour from Lille
"We will leave your accommodation in Lille or Arras at 9am driving towards Vimy to visit the Grange subways and tunnels where the Canadian Divisions stood just before the assault in April 1917. You will march in the trenches in the footsteps of these h visiting Tyne Cot Military Cemetery and Memorial the largest CWGC's cemetery in Europe. The walls are bearing 35 000 names of soldiers who have no known grave the cemetery contains 12 000 graves 8 400 are unknown. From there we drive to Passendale Crest Farm Memorial the Brooding Soldier in Sint Juliaan where the German's used for the first time gas. from there going to Langemark to see the ""Studenten Friedhof"" the resting place of more than 44 000 German soldiers.Before arriving in Ypres you will stand at Esse
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Private New Zealand Battlefield Tour in Flanders from Ghent
"Your guide will pick you up at the train station of Kortrijk at 9am this is to avoid traffic jams in Ghent. After the tour you will be brought at your hotel in Ghent. You will then head towards Messines where you will stand near the Memorial to the New Zealand Corps on the slope of the little town. You will go to the Vis under the church of Messines where Hitler was during his service in WW1. Near the church is a memorial to Samuel Frickelton who won the Victoria Cross during the battle after taking 2 machine gun positions. From there we are driving towards one of the 19 mine craters the ""Pool Of Peace"" crater.Time for lunch an omelet a sandwich or soup with a drink are included in the tour.You will now going to Nine Elms Cemetery near Poperinge
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Private New Zealand Battlefield Tour in Flanders from Bruges
"Your guide will pick you up at your hotel or accommodation in Bruges at 9am. You will then head towards Messines where you will stand near the Memorial to the New Zealand Corps on the slope of the little town. You will go to the Visitor Center on Mess under the church of Messines where Hitler was during his service in WW1. Near the church is a memorial to Samuel Frickelton who won the Victoria Cross during the battle after taking 2 machine gun positions. From there we are driving towards one of the 19 mine craters the ""Pool Of Peace"" crater.Time for lunch an omelet a sandwich or soup with a drink are included in the tour.You will now going to Nine Elms Cemetery near Poperinge the place where David Gallaher is buried
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Ramparts Cemetery Tips (6)

Ramparts Cemetery, Lille Gate

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 .

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shavy
Oct 28, 2014

Ramparts Cemetery.

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.

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breughel
Oct 04, 2009

Cemetery with a view

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.

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nhcram
Feb 17, 2008

Ramparts Cemetery

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".

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May 08, 2007
 
 
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Ramparts Cemetry on the bastion walls

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.

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Pavlik_NL
Feb 20, 2004

Ramparts cemetery

Climbing up the ramparts near the Menenpoort (Menin Gate) one can visit one of the many British cemeteries in and around Ieper.

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