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...  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 »
  • Very quiet and peaceful place all together in one place RIP
  • 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.

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