St Symphorien Military Cemetery, Mons

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The St Symphorien Military Cemetery is a First World War Commonwealth War Graves Commission burial ground in Saint-Symphorien, Belgium. It contains the graves of 284 German and 229 Commonwealth soldiers, principally those killed during the Battle of Mons. The cemetery was established by the German Army on land donated by Jean Houzeau de Lehaie. It was initially designed as a woodland cemetery before being redesigned by William Harrison Cowlishaw after the Imperial War Graves Commission took over maintenance of the cemetery after the war.

Notable Commonwealth burials in the cemetery include John Parr and George Lawrence Price, traditionally believed to be the first and last Commonwealth soldiers killed in action during the First World War, and Maurice Dease, the first posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross of World War I. Notable German burials include Oskar Niemeyer, the first Iron Cross recipient of World War I.

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  • I came across the reviews for St Symphorian on Trip Advisor. We combined a visit with a trip to nearby Mons. I was intrigued by the notion of both Commonwealth and German graves in the same... 
    I came across the reviews for St Symphorian on Trip Advisor. We combined a visit with a trip to nearby Mons. I was intrigued by the notion of both Commonwealth and German graves in the same...  more »
  • I always enjoy the tranquility of Commonwealth military cemeteries. As ever, this one is kept in pristine condition, in honour of the fallen. I found this cemetery particularly interesting as there.....  more
    I always enjoy the tranquility of Commonwealth military cemeteries. As ever, this one is kept in pristine condition, in honour of the fallen. I found this cemetery particularly interesting as there.....  more »
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  • Even on a rainy afternoon, this is worth a visit. Fallen combatants from both sides of the conflict, in sympathetic setting. Calm, peaceful and respectful.
  • We visited September 12th 2017. Great-grandfather lay one grave but one next to Private Mason where a lovely personal memorial had been left by his family quite recently. They appear to be from Edmonton, I'm in Crouch End, London. My wife's great-grandfather was found on the Somme. 2 days in a car trudging over infamous battlefields. George Jarvis, however, left a manuscript which we are editing as I write. If anybody is interested or has old letters from that time (George was a medic and saw action from the very beginning, transported on the Empress Queen before she was sunk and served at Mons too) we would be most appreciate a line of contact. My family name is Simmons/Simmonds.

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