IN MEMORy by Pierre Vandervelden

The visit of Commonwealth War Cemeteries, Communal Cemeteries & Churchyards in Belgium & France


see V. C. CORNER AUSTRALIAN Cemetery Memorial (Fromelles)  and FROMELLES (PHEASANT WOOD) Military Cemetery


A complete visit of SAINT-SYMPHORIEN War Cemetery is an unusual style of military cemetery, designed as a garden, an oasis of peace where you find Commonwealth and German graves together.
You will find there the graves of the presumed first and last Commonwealth victims of WWI, Pte. J. Parr, Middlesex Regt., 21 August 1914 and Pte. G. L. Price, Canadian Infantry, 11 November 1918.

Cpl Thomas William Priday, first British casualty of WW2, killed in action on 09/12/1939 is buried in LUTTANGE Communal Cemetery.

Lt Herbert Denham Brotheridge, first Brittish soldier killed on 06/06/1944 is buried in RANVILLE Churchyard


The famous poem In Flanders Fields was penned by John McCRAE at ESSEX FARM Cemetery, the 2nd May 1915, after the death of his friend Lieutenant Alexis Helmer who is commemorated at YPRES MENIN GATE.

John McCRAE is buried in WIMEREUX Communal Cemetery.

Francis LEDWIDGE is buried in ARTILLERY WOOD Cemetery.

Ellis Humphrey EVANSknown under his Pen Name Hedd Wyn buried in ARTILLERY WOOD Cemetery.

Isaac ROSENBERG is buried in BAILLEUL ROAD EAST Cemetery.

Wilfred OWEN is buried in ORS Communal Cemetery.

Edward THOMAS is buried in AGNY Military Cemetery.

Alfred Victor RATCLIFFE is buried in FRICOURT New Military Cemetery.

Hugh Reginald (Rex) FRESTON is buried in BECOURT Military Cemetery

Rolland Aubrey LEIGHTON is buried in LOUVENCOURT Military Cemetery

Ewart Alan MACKINTOSH is buried in ORIVAL WOOD Cemetery Flesquieres

Colwyn Erasmus Arnold PHILIPPS is commemorated at YPRES MENIN GATE

Walter Scott Stuart LYON is commemorated at YPRES MENIN GATE

Tom BRANDON is commemorated at YPRES MENIN GATE

Thomas Ernest HULME is buried in COXIDE Military Cemetery

Julien GRENFELL is buried in BOULOGNE EASTERN Cemetery

William Noel HODGSON is buried in DEVONSHIRE  Cemetery Mametz

Harold PARRY is buried in VLAMERTINGHE Military Cemetery

Alan SEEGER American poet lies in an ossuary in LIHONS French National Cemetery

John Watt SIMPSON is buried in VAUX EN AMIENOIS Communal Cemetery


Hugh Gordon LANGTON, violonist, is believed buried in POELCAPELLE British Cemetery

Ernest Bristow FARRAR, pianist and organist is buried in RONSSOY Communal Cemetery

George BUTTERWORTH, composer is commemorated at the THIEPVAL MEMORIAL


John KIPLING, only son of Rudyard Kipling is buried in ST MARY'S A.D.S. Cemetery.

Cyril HOLLAND, son of Oscar Wilde is buried in ST VAAST POST Military Cemetery.

John F. I. H. DOYLE, brother of Sir Arthur I. Conan Doyle is buried in HALLE   Communal Cemetery.

Anthony Frederick WILDING, Wimbledon Tennis Champion is buried in RUE DES BERCEAUX   Military Cemetery.

Joseph Standing Buffalo, grandson of the Indian's Chief Sitting Bull is buried in BUCQUOY ROAD Cemetery


The former grave of The Unknown Australian who is now at Canberra War Memorial is in ADELAIDE   Cemetery.

The former grave of The Unknown Canadian who is now at Ottawa War Memorial is in CABARET ROUGE British Cemetery.

The former grave of The Unknown New Zealander who is now at Wellington War Memorial is in CATERPILLAR VALLEY Cemetery.


Died the same day and buried syde by side in DARTMOOR Cemetery. © Pierre Vandervelden - Belgium