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Cemetery Details

Location Komenseweg, Zillebeke, Ypres (Ieper) - West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Co‑ordinates N50.83526, E2.9035
Description

Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm) is located 2 Kms south-east of Ypres (Ieper) town centre, on the Komenseweg, a road connecting Ypres (Ieper) to Komen (N336).

 

The commune of Zillebeke contains many Commonwealth cemeteries as the front line trenches ran through it during the greater part of the First World War. Railway Dugouts Cemetery is 2 Kms west of Zillebeke village, where the railway runs on an embankment overlooking a small farmstead, which was known to the troops as Transport Farm. The site of the cemetery was screened by slightly rising ground to the east, and burials began there in April 1915. They continued until the Armistice, especially in 1916 and 1917, when Advanced Dressing Stations were placed in the dugouts and the farm. They were made in small groups, without any definite arrangement and in the summer of 1917 a considerable number were obliterated by shell fire before they could be marked. The names "Railway Dugouts" and "Transport Farm" were both used for the cemetery. At the time of the Armistice, more than 1,700 graves in the cemetery were known and marked. Other graves were then brought in from the battlefields and small cemeteries in the vicinity, and a number of the known graves destroyed by artillery fire were specially commemorated. The latter were mainly in the present Plots IV and VII. The cemetery now contains 2,459 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 430 of the burials are unidentified and 261 casualties are represented by special memorials. Other special memorials record the names of 72 casualties buried in Valley Cottages and Transport Farm Annexe Cemeteries whose graves were destroyed in later fighting. VALLEY COTTAGES CEMETERY, ZILLEBEKE, was among a group of cottages on "Observatory Road", which runs Eastward from Zillebeke village. It contained the graves of 111 soldiers from the United Kingdom and Canada. It was in an exposed position during the greater part of the war. TRANSPORT FARM ANNEXE was about 100 metres South-East of the Railway Dugouts Cemetery, on the road to Verbrandenmolen. The graves in it were removed to Perth Cemetery (China Wall), Zillebeke, but one officer, whose grave could not found, is specially commemorated here. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

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COLLISSON, Frederick Norman

Service number 2613B
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 21 Oct 1893

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CLIFT, Harold Henry

Service number 4480
Corporal
4th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1897

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PESTELL, Joseph Victor

Service number 1303
Second Lieutenant
3rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 8 Oct 1895

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MCLEOD, George Kenneth

Service number 5414
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 2 Oct 1874

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RANGER, Lyle

Service number 5605
Sapper
1st Tunnelling Company (inc. 4th Tunnelling Company)
AIF WW1
Born Jun 1898

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CHANT, Gordon Leslie

Service number 29
Captain
2nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 6 Jun 1885

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WALKER, William John

Service number 2462
Corporal
9th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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TOWNLEY, Horace John

Service number 469
Warrant Officer Class 2
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 4 Aug 1894

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