Flanders: Tyne Cot Cemetery

In this episode, we explore Tyne Cot Cemetery and Memorial. Tyne Cot, the largest British and Commonwealth war cemetery in the world, stands on a ridge in Flanders facing the city of Ypres. We look at what the cemetery means to us and uncover some of the stories of those buried here. This episode was recorded at Tyne Cot Cemetery a few weeks ago. 

Below are some books relating to Tyne Cot and the fighting in this area. Click on an image to be taken to the Amazon Page for that book. Buy the book via this link helps and supports The Old Front Line. Thank you!

Tyne Cot in Old Photos

Tyne Cot Drone Images

Many thanks to Carl Liversage for supplying these drone images of the cemetery, which are Copyright the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Tyne Cot Today

Podcast Extras

Graves and Names at Tyne Cot

14 Comments on “Flanders: Tyne Cot Cemetery

  1. Fantastic as always Paul a very sobering place to visit been a few times once with you. It’s a special place for me as my great uncle sergeant wilfrid Litton Lancashire fusiliers is remembered on the wall at the back to the missing and luckily now I have visited the place he died and may still be. So a very special moving and emotional. Then you go on to think of all the other men in Tyne Cot and it just takes your breath away.
    Lest we forget
    We will remember them.
    Look forward to the next episode. Excellent

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  2. Another excellent podcast, both informative and moving at the same time.

    My great grandfather served in the Labour Corps from early 1917 before being invalided out in September 1918. He then re-enlisted in 1919 (into the 117th Labour Corps) before being discharged again in June 1920 (due to a recurrence of his leg injury).

    Is it possible that he was involved in clearance and burial of the dead in France and Flanders? If so, what a grim task, albeit one essential to ensure that the relatives of the poor souls lost on the battlefields would at least have somewhere to go to mourn their loved ones.

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  3. What a moving podcast! I close my eyes and listen to you,regretting the fact that we have practically no cemeteries except perhaps Gallipoli to commemorate the Turkish soldiers who died during the war and also during the War of Independance.Sometimes there are just stones,some of them on the verge of being obliterated by quarries.

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  4. An excellent and informative podcast. Paul’s account of the death of Brigadier General Riddell was a timely reminder that despite many of the “received” views of the Great War, many of the donkeys were in fact lions.

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  5. Second best thing to being there, thanks Paul. I shall certainly give it another listen before my next visit, which I hope will be sooner rather than later. I’d never listened to a podcast on any subject before lockdown, but I’m a convert.

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