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  Rampart cemetery with Cross of Sacrifice.
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      Rampart cemetery - headstones.
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This is the smallest cemetery of the Ypres Salient but the most beautifully situated with the grass running down the water's edge of the large moat.
The access to the cemetery is on the left side of the Rijsselspoort (coming from outside Ypres by the N37) in the ramparts from the time of Vauban (the most famous military engineer of King Louis XIV). There is a small pay parking at the entry of the Rijsselstraat.

During World War I shelters were dug into the ramparts, with their thick walls, to house large numbers of resting soldiers, headquarters and other rear line units.

In the Ramparts Cemetery lie 188 soldiers buried all over the war period. They are English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealanders of which 10 Maoris from a Pioneer Battalion. Many of them worked in support roles in salvage, headquarters, field ambulances, engineers and transports. They were not less exposed than the assault troops.

As in any cemetery with over 40 graves, stands here a Cross of Sacrifice, which is a simple cross embedded with a bronze sword and mounted on an octagonal base designed by the architect R. Blomfield.

Address: Rijselspoort
Directions: Town centre
Website: http://www.cwgc.org

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  • Written Oct 4, 2009
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