The cemetery, which evolved from a small group of graves from 1915, has seen numerous changes and extensions. It was dedicated in 1932. Today visitors find a mass grave near the entrance. This comrades grave contains 24917 men. Between the oak trees, next to the mass grave, are another 10143 soldiers (including 2 British soldiers, one of which is a Portsmouth man). The 3000 school students who were killed during the First Battle of Ypres are buried in a third part of the cemetery.