BELGIUM

Wytschaete Military Cemetery

Road works are taking place in the Wijtschatestraat as from 7 August 2017 and will last until March 2018. At certain times during this period access to the cemetery will only be possible by foot via the cycle track. We advise to park your vehicle on the St. Medardusplein in the village and walk up to the cemetery which is about 500m away.

Lier Belgian Military Cemetery

Due to renovation work, we have temporarily removed 14 headstones from section 5A of the cemetery. The headstones will be reinstated by mid-September 2017.

Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery, Potijze Chateau Grounds Cemetery and Potijze Lawn Cemetery

Due to restoration works we have closed these cemeteries to the public on Health & Safety grounds from 21 September until 30 September 2017. For urgent enquiries, please do not hesitate to contact the Ieper Office via enquiries@cwgc.org. A supervised visit can be arranged if necessary.

 

FRANCE

Buttes New British Cemetery, Polygon Wood, Polygon Wood Cemetery & Buttes New British Cemetery (N.Z.) Memorial, Polygon Wood

Due to the Centenary Ceremony of the Battle of Polygon Wood on 26 September the above sites will be closed on 25 September as from 2000hrs until 1000hrs on 26 September. Visitors should also be aware that during the build which starts on 13 September access to some parts of the cemetery can be difficult. Download event leaflet.

 

Arques-La-Bataille British Cemetery

Visitors should be aware that access to this cemetery can be difficult during bad weather. We advise to leave vehicles at the bottom of the pathway leading up to the cemetery and walk the remaining distance of 600m. Visitors with mobility problems should take extra care when going up the path which is partly uphill on undulating ground.

Le Grand Beaumart British Cemetery

Complete horticultural renovations are taking place at the site from the end of September until the end of October 2017. While renovations continue the site will remain accessible for visitors.

Bethune Town Cemetery

Due to restoration works being carried out to the Chapel at this cemetery the built-in register box will not be accessible. A temporary register box has been installed near the entrance. The works will last until the end of the year.

Serre Road Cemetery No.1; Railway Hollow Cemetery, Hebuterne; Serre Road Cemetery No.3, Puisieux; Luke Copse British Cemetery, Puisieux; and Queens Cemetery, Puisieux

We have been informed that some visitors have experienced intimidating behaviour from a local resident when visiting this site. Please do not park on verges or cut across the fields which are private land or block any of the tracks.

Should you encounter any problems, we recommend you leave at once and file a formal complaint:

  • Contact the local police (Gendarmerie) at Beaumetz-lès-Loges, tel  +33 3 21 55 22 17
  • E-mail the town hall of Serre-les-Puisieux at ville.puisieux@wanadoo.fr or
  • Make a statement at your local police station and send a copy to the British Embassy, 35 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, 75383 Paris Cedex 08 or via email bds.commemorations@fco.gov.uk who will then forward it to the local authorities.

Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery and Villers-Bretonneux Memorial

Work on the Sir John Monash Centre, to be located at the Australian National Memorial near Villers-Bretonneux in the Somme, commenced in January 2016 and will continue through to the official opening of the Centre in April 2018. During this period, there may be short periods of disruption to visitors at the site and the adjacent Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery.

As part of the works, the Australian National Memorial will also be cleaned and refurbished. This will necessitate at times limited access to the tower during the month of September 2017, and over the winter months from 14 November 2017 through to mid-February 2018, the temporary scaffolding and closure of the tower. However, visitors will still be able to visit the CWGC Villers-Bretonneux Military Cemetery and view the Commemorative Wall. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

GERMANY

Berlin 19391945 War Cemetery

CWGC headstones have been damaged in an attack by vandals at the Berlin 1939—1945 War Cemetery. The local authorities have been notified. We are working to repair the headstones as soon as possible.

GREECE

Lahana Military Cemetery

Access to this cemetery is restricted due to renovation works. The pedestal replacement works are expected to be complete by 20 September.

INDIA

Dum Dum New Cemetery

Due to the construction of the metro through the top of the area, the cemetery is currently only accessible via a small footbridge.

ITALY

Assisi War Cemetery

Ongoing major works are being undertaken at this site as a new irrigation system is fitted. Completion has been delayed due to extreme winter conditions. Visitors are advised to take extra care and to take notice of warning signs and taped off areas. Parts of the cemetery may be inaccessible at various times.

KENYA

Nairobi War Cemetery

Please note that there have been reported attacks in the vicinity of the cemetery therefore all visitors are strongly advised to take care and not carry any valuables when visiting the site. Visitors are strongly advised not to walk along the 1km access track to the cemetery from the main road but should travel to the cemetery entrance by vehicle only.

SOUTH AFRICA

Johannesburg (West Park) Cemetery, Durban (Stellawood) Cemetery, Bloemfontein (Hamilton) War Cemetery, Cape Town (Plumstead) Cemetery, Durban (Stellawood) Cremation Memorial, Cape Town (Maitland) Cemetery, Simon’s Town (Dido Valley) Cemetery

There is the potential for attacks in the vicinity of the cemetery. All visitors are strongly advised to take care and not carry valuables or leave them on display in vehicles.

Durban (Hillary) Cemetery

There is the potential for attacks in the vicinity of the cemetery. All visitors are strongly advised to take care and not carry valuables or leave them on display in vehicles. The gates are kept locked, please contact Leon Reddy telephone 083 998 6041.

Potchefstroom Military Cemetery and Cullinan Military Cemetery

There is the potential for attacks in the vicinity of the cemetery. All visitors are strongly advised to take care and not carry valuables or leave them on display in vehicles. The cemetery gate is kept locked, please contact SA Agency office for entrance code - telephone 012 663 7285.

Thaba Tshwane (Old No.1) Military Cemetery and Thaba Tshwane (Old No.2) Military Cemetery

There is the potential for attacks in the vicinity of the cemetery. All visitors are strongly advised to take care and not carry valuables or leave them on display in vehicles. It is highly recommended that visitors to this site travel as part of a group.

TURKEY

Haidar Pasha Cemetery

On 27 July a violent storm hit Istanbul. Many trees in Haidar Pasha Cemetery were felled and others severely damaged. We have decided to close the cemetery until further notice in the interest of public safety.

UK

Plymouth Naval Memorial

While Poppies: Wave is at the CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial, access to a small number of panels on the memorial will be restricted. The

panels affected are 64, 65, 66 and 67. If you are looking for a name on one of these panels, please speak with one of our volunteers for assistance.

Runnymede Memorial 

Work is being carried out to repair the roof of the Air Forces Memorial. It will involve closing the roof terrace and erecting scaffolding over the area known as the shrine, so that repairs to stonework and supports can take place. The roof’s asphalt waterproof lining will also be replaced. The work is expected to take at least eight weeks to complete.