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Origin of Tyne Cot's name

Tyne Cot Cemetery Credit: PA

Tyne Cot Cemetery in Belgium is the resting place of 11,961 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War.

'Tyne Cot' or 'Tyne Cottage' was the name given by the Northumberland Fusiliers to a barn which stood near the level crossing on the Passchendaele-Broodseinde road, according to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. During World War One, 343 graves were situated on two sides of the site. It is now the largest Commonwealth war cemetery for burials.

Great War argues that is is doubtful because, they say, Tyne Cot was already marked on British Army trench maps before the Northumberland Fusiliers arrived in the battle area.

They argue it is more likely that the name was given to the farm building by the British Army map makers - sites were named after rivers. Around the Tyne Cot area, other farms and buildings were called Seine, Thames, Marne, Rhine and Tiber.

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