Memorials & Cemeteries

Memorials & Cemeteries

Military Memorials & Cemeteries

We Remember Them

Introduction

During our 2014 & 2015 trips to Europe we visited a number of military memorials and cemeteries in Belgium and Holland. This page will eventually provide information and photos about all those visits.

A start has been made with the short visit we made to the Menin Gate in 2014.

Also, how to access Rheindahlen Military Cemetery, Germany, since JHQ closed in 2013.

If you have interest in a particular memorial click on a title below to quickly scroll down to it.

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Memorials

Menin Gate Memorial

plus Poperinghe and Haringhe cemeteries

Ypres, Belgium

On a European trip in 2014 Jean and I went to find the graves of two relatives killed in WW1. They were killed on the Western Front. Using the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) website (see link below the video) I found where they are buried.

One is at Poperinghe New Military cemetery and the other at Haringhe Military cemetery. As both are near Ypres (click here to see map) we first paid a visit to the Menin Gate war memorial. (We were returning to the UK.) We found the memorial to be quite a moving experience. So much so that I wanted to express it in a video.

The video has four parts. The first part has photos in and around the memorial. The second part is a video of a drive through the memorial and the main street of Ypres. Photos taken over the war period that show the Cloth Hall and the city are included. The third part are photos of the two cemeteries. The final part has more photos and information about the casualties on the Western Front. Here it is.

I found the locations of the graves on the CWGC web site using its' Search facility. The site also has photos, opening times and other information for each cemetery. Click here to open a new tab showing the CWGC site.

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Cemeteries

Rheindahlen Military Cemetery

A Route To It

Mönchengladbach, Germany

View of headstones
Eyes right at main entrance

In July, 2015, during our third return visit to Germany, we visited JHQ Cemetery - more correctly called, Rheindahlen Military Cemetery. Our German friend Hartmut had told us of it and said we should visit it. He did however point out that since JHQ Rheindahlen closed it cannot be accessed from there.

The cemetery is located in Eichhofweg. It can only be accessed from one end as it is no longer a through road. Thus finding it is not easy. Until something changes this is a way to drive to the cemetery. Another way might be from route 57 - see map below.

After following various satnav routes - all leading to road barriers - and some old fashioned map reading, we eventually found it. But it was time consuming and frustrating. I decided to create the map below to help others find it.

We didn't see a road sign for the cemetery until we got to Eichhofweg . This has a sign to show it's a no through road.

If you drive to the far end of the cemetery fence you'll find the Car Park.

Road signs

The Cemetery

Jean and I were very pleased that we didn't give up the search for it. It's a lovely though understandably sad place. We read many of the headstones and wondered about the lives of the people affected by the deaths. It was a damp, overcast day but we're glad we were able to visit it. We don't know anyone buried there.

The cemetery is not a war cemetery. It was (I believe) for service people and family members who died in service in Germany since the 1950s. Sadly it contains many children's graves. Some had died shortly after birth in RAF Hospital Wegberg, which was close by.

Up to the 20 June 2012, the cemetery was run by the MoD. Then the administrative responsibility and daily running of the cemetery transferred to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC).

On the CWGC web site you will find photos, opening times and other information for this cemetery. If you click here a new tab will open showing the CWGC site.

View of headstones
Eyes left at main entrance
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More to follow.......