Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing

Ploegsteert, Belgium

The Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) memorial in Belgium for missing soldiers of World War I. It commemorates men from the Allied Powers who fought on the northern Western Front outside the Ypres Salient and whose graves are unknown.

After Ploegsteert Wood had been the site of fierce fighting at the start of the war, it became a relatively quiet sector where no major action took place. Allied units were sent here to recuperate and retrain after fighting elsewhere and before returning to active operations. Berks Cemetery Extension was founded by Commonwealth troops in June 1916 as an extension to Hyde Park Corner (Royal Berks) Cemetery which lies across the road. The cemetery grounds were assigned to the United Kingdom in perpetuity by King Albert I of Belgium in recognition of the sacrifices made by the British Empire in the defence and liberation of Belgium during the war.

The Ploegsteert Memorial was designed by H. Chalton Bradshaw. The Ploegsteert Memorial is 21 m in diameter and 11.73 m tall and was unveiled on 7 June 1931 by the then-Duke of Brabant, later King Leopold III of Belgium.



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    Peter Leng (4 months ago)
    Visited the memorial where my great grandad who is remembered. He was killed in April 1918, and like all those remembered here, he has no known grave. Thank you to those who keep the memorial so pristine. I'm so glad I could pay my respects in such a beautiful place. Rest easy great grandad.
    R K (6 months ago)
    It's very calm and charming place to visit. Some people point it out it's too small but importance is to pay the respect of those soldiers who lost their lives during the battle. Besides I strongly believe this place one of the beautiful resting place. It definitely made me feel in peace for some reason while walking around.
    Arjan de Ridder (2 years ago)
    Impressive memorial from WW1 around Ieper. Take notice of the 2 lions at the entrance
    Callum Clement (2 years ago)
    Quite possibly the most beautiful Memorial on the route of remembrance. Dedicated to those lost with no known grave, most names here fought and were lost in the final push of August - November 1918. Berkshire, Hyde Park and Strand cemeteries are nearby that this memorial is simply breathtaking. Located just outside the village of Ploegsteert, and about 20 mins from Ypres centre.
    John P Lyons (2 years ago)
    A beautifully well maintained war memorial. We found our family member easily, using the register of the dead supplied at the memorial. The interactive multimedia display in the centre alongside is excellent, educational & well worth the small entry fee charged. Plus, they have loos!! Yes...we were impressed!!! (The bar across the road also serves a great latte!!).
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