Ration Farm Military Cemetery, la Chapelle-D'Armentieres

Cemetery Details

Location Avenue du President Kennedy (D222), La Chapelle-d'Armentieres, Nord - Hauts-de-France, France
Co‑ordinates N50.65737, E2.88829
Description

Location Information
Ration Farm Military Cemetery is about 2.5 kms south of the village of La Chapelle-d'Armentieres, on the south-eastern outskirts of Armentieres. Leave La Chapelle-d'Armentieres on the Fleurbaix road and cross over the Motorway bridge. The Cemetery is 500 metres further along on the right hand side of the road.

History Information
For much of the war, Ration Farm was just over 1 kilometre behind the front line at the end of a communication trench. The first cemetery, Ration Farm Old Military Cemetery, was begun in February 1915, close beside the farm buildings. It was used until October 1915 chiefly by units of the 6th Division and at the Armistice it contained 73 graves. In April 1923, these graves were moved into Plot VI of the present cemetery, at the request of the French authorities.

The present cemetery was begun (as Ration Farm New Military Cemetery) in October 1915 and remained in use until October 1918. It was very greatly increased after the Armistice when graves were brought in from isolated sites and small cemeteries on the battlefield, including:-

  • CHAPEL FARM CEMETERY, FLEURBAIX, which was 2 kms West of Bois Grenier. It contained 11 British graves of 1915 and 1916.
  • FERME-DU-BIEZ MILITARY CEMETERY, La Chapelle D'Armentieres, which was 2 kms South East of that village. It contained 36 British graves of 1915 and 1918.

For the most part, Plots I to V contain the original burials. Among the isolated graves brought in were many of Australian soldiers who died in the Attack at Fromelles on 19 July 1916. There are now 1,313 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 677 of the burials are unidentified, but there are special memorials to six casualties know or believed to be buried among them. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

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Names

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MAYO, Gilbert Joseph

Service number 2212
Private
59th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1894

STEELE, Roy Joseph George

Service number 1988
Private
7th Machine Gun Company
AIF WW1
Born 19 Jan 1892

ROBERTSON, William Hugh

Service number 2944
Private
53rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1894

BENNETT, George Hamilton

Service number 2186
Private
28th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Feb 1896

MATTHEWS, Henry Hooper

Service number 10445
Gunner
4th Field Artillery Brigade
AIF WW1
Born 1897

GIBSON, Victor Robert

Service number 1144
Lance Corporal
60th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1893

POWELL, William Alexander

Service number 1968
Private
7th Machine Gun Company
AIF WW1

MUDGE, Charles Edward

Service number 1658
Second Lieutenant
53rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1882

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