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St Symphorien Military Cemetery

Mons, Belgium
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The first and last buried here

A very quite and well kept cemetery, the place is the last resting place of the first and last... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
BMWS1000XR
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United Kingdom
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A place of dignified remembrance

Very well-kept and well-arranged site of remembrance of international soldiers killed in action in... read more

Reviewed 23 May 2017
globetrotter0105
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Mons, Belgium
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St. Symphorien Military Cemetery is located 2 Kms east of Mons on the N90 a road leading to Charleroi. On reaching St. Symphorien the right hand turning from the N90 leads onto the Rue Nestor Dehon. The cemetery lies 200 metres along the Rue Nestor Dehon. GPS Co-ordinates: Longitude 04°00'38", Latitude 50°25'57" The cemetery at St. Symphorien was established by the German Army during the First World War as a final resting place for British and German soldiers killed at the Battle of Mons. Among those buried here is Private John Parr of the Middlesex Regiment, who was fatally wounded during an encounter with a German patrol two days before the battle, thus becoming the first British soldier to be killed in action on the Western Front.
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very quite and well kept cemetery, the place is the last resting place of the first and last soldier to die in Frances during the 1st world war. A place for reflectance on the absolute waste of life that was WW1.

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Reviewed 23 May 2017

Very well-kept and well-arranged site of remembrance of international soldiers killed in action in World Wars I and II. Plainly and unobtrusively touching and inspiring.

Thank globetrotter0105
Reviewed 16 February 2017

This cemetery was designed by the German Army in 1917. It harbors the graves of the first British (Pte J. PARR) casualty 1914, the last Canadian (Pte PRICE) and British (Pte G.E. ELLISON) casualty 1918 and posthumous VC 1914 holder Lt Maurice James DEASE. Very...More

Thank conrad57
Reviewed 2 January 2017

Historical and emotional visit that anyone should do. The cemetery shelters Commonwealth soldiers from all sorts of regiments as well as German soldiers. The layout of the cemetery makes it impressive but also calming and meditative.

2  Thank FloMinnesota
Reviewed 29 November 2016

Totally unique, this cemetery is one of the simplest, yet most moving , in France and Belgium. Take your time-at least an hour -as there is so much to see that is different and exclusive. We were doubly fortunate as a group-not only did we...More

1  Thank Elis E
Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Tucked away between farms in southwestern Mons is a quaint, multilevel garden of a cemetery with British and German graves and memorials. Worth your time. Not simple to locate on a navi, I'd recommend a search starting with the town of Saint Symphorien. Groundskeeping appeared...More

Thank Giff H
Reviewed 23 October 2016

This is so different to any other war grave site I have visited in France or Belgium. The layout is perfect being amongst trees and natural hollows. Also unusual in that it was commenced by the Germans and contains both German and British graves. Take...More

Thank ntimms
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

The last soldier killed in World War I was a Canadian. His grave was moved into this cemetery and now he rests in peace among his comrades. It is worth the short drive from Mons to see this picturesque cemetery and remember her occupants.

Thank CReimer420
Reviewed 11 August 2016

A respectful place. We are English and there was us visiting at the same time as a coach load off Germans - which was quite poignant. My husband is in the Navy and was very touched. Well worth a visit if you are in Mons....More

1  Thank sassycat_12
Reviewed 13 July 2016

Really well maintained and marvellous cemetery that appeared in 2014 on the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI. Very caring local population, we were invited into a house near-by for drinks and discussions. There are soldiers here from the very start of WWI and...More

1  Thank Sam C
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Clare L
How to get there from train station
9 July 2015|
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Response from Justin C |
Hi Clare, You can get off at the Mons Gare (train station) and download the Belgium SNCB app to your smartphone. From there it'll tell you which bus line to take to get to Saint Symphorien. It's only 6 or 8 km from the... More
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