We do understand that our English speaking visitors would like to know more. This is possible. You can contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be advised, if you want a "Official Tour" please contact the Mons Tourist Office. We are locals and take people on tour for a gift, a smile, a "Thank you". Of course we feel we do a better job, personal approach, well spoken English, we take our time and adapt to you.
Anything is possible according to your schedule, but please send an e-mail with you phone contact/number. We will do more in English, but again, we're just locals trying to show our beautiful city.
Americans, UK residents, Canadians, all is possible.
Ich werde bald es auch auf Deutsch schreiben aus repekt fur die Deutsche Soladaten und ihren Gräber. Sie können mir immer contaktieren bei e-mail email@example.com
Mons (Bergen) Communal Cemetery is located in the north-east of the town of Mons ("Bergen" in Flemish), on the chemin de la Procession a road leading from the N56 connecting Mons to Brussels. 600 metres after the N56 leaves the R50 ring road lies the chemin de la Procession. The cemetery is located 1 Km along the chemin de la Procession on the left hand side of the road.
Mons remained in German hands from the Battle of Mons (23 August 1914) until the arrival of the Canadian Corps on 11 November 1918. The cemetery was enlarged even after 11/11/1918 because wounded were treated in Mons and the werst cases didn't survive
The communal cemetery was also extended by the Germans on its north side and in this extension, now part of the town cemetery, were buried Russian, French, Italian, Romanian and Belgian soldiers, as well as German and Commonwealth. The 4th Canadian and 1st Casualty Clearing Stations, besides field ambulances, were posted in the town after the Armistice. They opened a new cemetery (MONS BRITISH CEMETERY) across the road from the East gate of the communal cemetery, but the graves made there were later removed to the communal cemetery.
There are now 393 Commonwealth burials or commemorations of the First World War in the cemetery. 11 of the burials are unidentified, but special memorials commemorate three casualties known to be buried among them. There is also one Commonwealth burial of the Second World War, one non-war burial (a retired member of the Commission's staff) and 110 war graves of other nationalities.
The Commonwealth plots were designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
I got a map from the keeper when I was there, it isn't great but it will give you something to go on. The military part of the cemetery in indicated and on the top left.
Copyright "Grap en Grol" HWMS
Special Memorials to commemorate three burials unidentified but known to be on the cemetery.
I intend to visit more communal cemeteries in the weeks ahead. Many graves are scattered in the region and some cemeteries are not visited by many, and, being limited in time, one cannot visit all of them.
So please, check back regulary for updates, you will find the links on the 1914 - 1918 page.
I made a video, just me and my limited computer/filming skills but at least it is somethig since the current web pages are not realy showing much.
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