Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension

Cemetery Details

Location Route de la Belle Croix, Bailleul, Nord - Hauts-de-France, France
Co‑ordinates N50.7139, E2.68595
Description

Location Information
Outtersteene is a village about 5 kilometres south-west of Bailleul. The Communal Cemetery Extension is north-east of the village on the road to Bailleul. From Bailleul follow the D23 road to Outtersteene, the cemetery is on the right hand side of the road just as you approach the outskirts of the town.

History Information
Outtersteene was captured by the III Corps on 13 October 1914 but no Commonwealth burials took place there for nearly three years. In August 1917, during the Third Battle of Ypres, the 2nd, 53rd and 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Stations came to Outtersteene, and the first and last of these remained until March 1918. The hamlet was captured by the Germans on 12 April 1918, and retaken by the 9th, 29th and 31st Divisions, with the ridge beyond it, on 18 and 19 August, but the cemetery was not used again during hostilities. After the Armistice, over 900 graves of 1914 and 1918 were brought into Plots I, II and IV from the battlefields surrounding Outtersteene and from certain small cemeteries, including:- STRAZEELE ROAD CEMETERY, STRAZEELE, about 800 metres West of Strazeele, which is North-West of Outtersteene. Here were buried 18 soldiers from Australia and one from the United Kingdom, who fell in May, June and August 1918. CAESTRE ROAD CEMETERY, on the North side of Strazeele, containing the graves of nine soldiers from Australia, three from the United Kingdom, one from Guernsey, and two of unknown units, who fell in April 1918. VIEUX-BERQUIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, on the road from Outtersteene to Vieux-Berquin. In this Extension, on the East side of the Communal Cemetery, were buried 17 soldiers from the United Kingdom and one from Australia, who fell in August and September 1918. 1,147 German graves were initially concentrated into Plot III. These were later removed to Steenwerck German Cemetery. The extension was used again in 1940, for the burial of those killed in the fighting which covered the withdrawal of the British Expeditionary Force to Dunkirk. Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension now contains 1,393 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 499 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 14 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Second World War burials number 72, of which 23 are unidentified. The extension was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

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DAW, Leslie Edward

Service number 4773
Private
8th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1888

MURRAY, John Thomas

Service number 7270
Private
8th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

BRYSON, Joseph Hutcheson

Service number COMMI...
Lieutenant
9th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1890

KLAR, Carl Gustav Adolph

Service number 1985
Corporal
14th Field Artillery Brigade
AIF WW1
Born 8 Apr 1892

YERN, Charles William Harry

Service number 5243
Private
6th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1892

BERMINGHAM, William Martin

Service number 3016
Lieutenant
24th Machine Gun Company
AIF WW1
Born 1894

WILKINS, Phillip George

Service number 3264
Private
59th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1 Aug 1891

COYLE, John William Frederick

Service number 5058
Private
4th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1894

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