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Postcards

This postcard belongs to a set of postcards published by Nels in the 1920s. As to Lijssenthoek two sets of postcards were produced. We are looking for these series....

Media online

The photographic project resulted in a collection of pictures, including all the individual headstones. Those pictures are now online. ...

Building land

The Town of Poperinge bought a building lot situated besides the small road which leads to Remy Farm. ...

Jury appoints architect

Architect Luc Vandewynckel is to design the infrastructure of the Lijssenthoek interpretation centre. A professional jury selected this firm out of five candidates. In his design the architect uses references to the huts and barracks of the former field hospital. ...

Tribute to the Americans

Each year during Memorial Day weekend, the American Overseas Memorial Day Association (AOMDA) visits the graves of the American soldiers and airmen who are buried outside of the three American military cemeteries in Belgium. There is a ceremony at each grave, involving the placing of American and Belgian flags and flowers on the graves, and the pla...

Samuel Chang in search of his roots

Samuel Chang’s father was an interpreter for the Chinese Labour Corps. It was the first time that Chang had visited the region where his father was active during WW1....

First donation in favour of the visitors’ centre

The Lijssenthoek archives have received their first donation. Brian Dance and his wife Brenda (nee Leggatt) donated a postcard book ‘in memory of Uncle Ernest Albert Leggatt’. Private Leggatt is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery....

Aerial photographs of Lijssenthoek

Last summer aerial photographer Patrick Henderyckx took pictures of Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery. During winter, when the leaves have fallen down, he returns to the place for a second series of aerial photographs....

First German victims remembered

The research of the German graves at Lijssenthoek has proved to be successful. Relatives of two German soldiers have been traced. They came over to Belgium. For the first time since their burial, Friedrich Dröge and Bruno Klügel were paid a visit. ...

Schedule for building the visitors' centre

The laying of the foundation stone will take place in September 2011. Preceding the construction the archaeologists will carry out their tasks on site. Meanwhile the designer is working out the exhibition. ...

In search of traces of the field hospital

Three professional archaeologists have started digging the grounds on which the visitors’ centre will be erected. The construction works are planned for September 2011. It is the first time that archaeologists are searching the grounds of a former casualty clearing station....

Construction works started

Since Monday 5 September the area next to the cemetery is changing into a building site. The construction works will last till the end of May 2012. The visitors' centre opens up on 21 September 2012. ...

Grenada's Ambassador remembers Joseph Daniel

Stephen Fletcher is Grenada's Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium. He came to Lijssenthoek Cemetery in remembrance of Joseph Daniel, the only victim from Grenada who is buried in this cemetery....

Visitors' centre open to the public

The visitors' centre Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery is now open to the public, daily from 9 am to 6 pm. ...

Richard Van Neste - the only flemish man buried in Lijssenthoek

The photo wall is one of the eye catchers in the visitor centre. At the opening event (September 2012), the wall already counted over 1,200 pictures of victims that are buried at Lijssenthoek. By adding new portraits each year, the visitor centre wants to highlight the importance of the ongoing research on the personal stories behind the headstones...

A donation

Sylvia MacArthur donates an original letter from the Imperial War Graves Commission to the Lijssenthoek Archives. If you want to donate objects or documents, please do contact us on lijssenthoek@poperinge.be ...