Now this is not the definitive tour of Hooge Crater Cemetery. It’s not actually a tour of the cemetery at all, because although I have visited twice, on both occasions, for different reasons, I was unable to take many photographs. The most recent visit, towards the end of 2011 (above), was simply a lack of time. My first visit, back in 2005 (below), was actually the first time I had set foot in a CWGC cemetery in Flanders, and the experience was more important than the photos.
The figures are thus: 5923 men are buried or commemorated here. 3579 of these are unidentified.
The cemetery wasn’t begun until October 1917, by which time Hooge was no longer on the front line as the Germans were pushed slowly back towards the Passchendaele ridge.
Initially there were only 76 burials here…
…but after the war thousands more were added from the numerous individual graves and a number of smaller cemeteries that littered the battlefields of Zillebeke, Gheluvelt, and further to the east, Zandvoorde.
Looking north up the length of the cemetery towards the Cross of Sacrifice and the Menin Road and Chateau Wood beyond.
The remaining photos are all from 2011:
Cemetery entrance, with the Menin Road just visible to the far left.
Baldrick and I will return to Hooge Crater Cemetery one day, and when we do, you’ll be the first to hear about it.
Hooge Crater Museum, situated in this restored chapel just across the road from the cemetery, is well worth a visit.