Wednesday, 28 February 2018

War Cemetery Noordwijk and Reginald Blomfield

We already wrote some post  about the cemetery in Noordwijk.

There are graves of from the first and second world war .

History Information
The Commonwealth plot in Noordwijk General Cemetery contains 81 burials of the First World War, including 54 unidentified naval ratings.
Of the 52 Second World War burials, 19 are unidentified.
The plot also contains 2 Polish Airmen's graves, 1 is unidentified.
It also has a cross of Sacrifice .

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The Cross of Sacrifice is a Commonwealth war memorial designed in 1918 by Sir Reginald Blomfield for the Imperial War Graves Commission (now the Commonwealth War Graves Commission). 
He was the grandson of the Bishop of London .
It is present in Commonwealth war cemeteries containing 40 or more graves. Its shape is an elongated Latin cross with proportions more typical of the Celtic cross, with the shaft and crossarm octagonal in section. It ranges in height from 18 to 24 feet (5.5 to 7.3 m). A bronzelongsword, blade down, is affixed to the front of the cross (and sometimes to the back as well). It is usually mounted on an octagonal base. It may be freestanding or incorporated into other cemetery features. The Cross of Sacrifice is widely praised, widely imitated, and the archetypal British war memorial. It is the most imitated of Commonwealth war memorials, and duplicates and imitations have been used around the world.

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