The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and John Reginald Truelove. As one of three Principal Architects working for the Commission, Baker designed many of our cemeteries and memorials in France and Belgium.

 Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium

Sir Herbert said he wished the cemetery to have ‘the appearance of a huge, well-ordered English churchyard with its yews and cedars behind the great flint wall, reminiscent of the walls of the precincts of Winchester [College]’.

The entrance is a round-headed arch. On either side of the central arch are the dates of the First World War, 1914 on the left and 1918 on the right.

The two surviving blockhouses are located towards the western end of the cemetery. They are made of concrete and are surrounded by four tall poplar trees.

The rear of the cemetery is occupied by the curved Tyne Cot Memorial, also designed by Sir Herbert and Truelove. The memorial commemorates a further 35,000 soldiers of the British and New Zealand forces who have no known grave.


Sir Herbert Baker

Sir Herbert Baker

Sir Herbert Baker was born in 1862. As one of the first three Principal Architects, he designed Tyne Cot Cemetery and its memorial in Belgium. Tyne Cot Cemetery is the largest CWGC cemetery in the world. His other work for the Commission includes Loos Memorial, Adanac Military Cemetery and Neuve Chapelle Memorial. He also worked in India and South Africa, where he designed a number of government buildings.