Design

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield. He was one of the first three Principal Architects to design the cemeteries and memorials for the Commission.

 

In the North West corner of the cemetery is a Cross of Sacrifice, designed by Blomfield and recognisable throughout the world. Blomfield also designed Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, located near Essex Farm Cemetery.

Architects and Designers

Sir Reginald Blomfield

Sir Reginald Blomfield

Sir Reginald Blomfield was born in 1856. One of the first three architects commissioned to design the cemeteries and memorials, he was appointed Principal Architect for France in 1918. Considered the most conventionally patriotic of the Commission's architects, Blomfield designed Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium, one of the most well-known war memorials.