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.

Sir Reginald Blomfield 

Considered the most conventionally patriotic of the Commission's architects, Sir Reginald designed Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium, one of the most well-known war memorials. He also contributed to the design of 118 cemeteries.

Another important contribution to the Commission was his design of the Cross of Sacrifice. He designed four versions of the cross, each one with a different height and featuring a bronze sword in the centre. Sir Reginald said he wanted to make it abstract and impersonal, to free it from association with any particular style and to keep clear of any of the sentimentalities of Gothic. It was a 'symbol of the ideals of those who had gone out to die'. His Cross of Sacrifice is recognisable throughout the world.

Featured designs by Sir Reginald Blomfield

Forceville Communal Cemetery and extension

The cemetery extension was one of the first CWGC sites to be built after the First World War. There are more than 300 graves of servicemen from the First World War here.

Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery

This is the second largest Commonwealth war cemetery in Belgium. The cemetery contains nearly 10,000 burials of the First World War.

Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial

The memorial bears the names of more than 54,000 soldiers who died before 16 August 1917. The memorial is one of the most well-known war memorials in the world.