World War One cemeteries can be found across north-east France and Belgium. These cemeteries are a testament to the huge number of men who were killed in World War One. The sheer scale of deaths can be witnessed by the names engraved on the Menin Gate and the Wall to the Missing at Tyne Cot near Passchendaele, to the north-east of Ypres. These two monuments are for men who died fighting for the Allied cause but who have no known grave. Usually interspersed at places like these are the gravestones of men who were found – though the Menin Gate is an exception to this. After the war, the British government took the decision that they would not repatriate bodies of soldiers killed in battle – hence the very many cemeteries looked after with consummate care by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Tyne Cot’s Wall to the Missing contains the names of men who should have been on Menin Gate but the sheer number of missing from the various battles fought around Ypres meant that the Menin Gate was not large enough, once finished, to have all these names carved into its walls – hence the decision to move these particular names to Tyne Cot. The German government, post World War One, took the decision to repatriate German bodies. However, a large German cemetery can be found at Langemark in Belgium. The layout of this cemetery is very different to Allied cemeteries as the gravestones for those who are buried lie flat and contain the remains of a number of Germans in each grave.
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