Somer Farm Cemetery

Cemetery Details

Location Hollebekestraat, Wijtschate, West-Vlaanderen (West Flanders) - Flanders, Belgium
Co‑ordinates N50.79053, E2.88969
Description

Location Information
Somer Farm Cemetery is located 6.5 Kms south of Ieper town centre on the Hollebekestraat, a road leading from the Rijselseweg (N365), connecting Ieper to Wijtschate and on to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg. On reaching the village of Wijtschate, Hollebekestraat is reached by turning left from the N365. The cemetery itself is located 70 metres along the Hollebekestraat on the right hand side of the road.

History Information
Wytschaete (now Wijtschate) was taken by the Germans early in November 1914. It was recovered by Commonwealth forces during the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917, but fell into German hands once more on 16 April 1918. The village was recovered for the last time on 28 September. Somer Farm Cemetery (also known as Somer Farm Cemetery No.1 - the burials in Somer Farm No.2 were removed to Wytschaete Military Cemetery) was begun in June 1917. It was used until March 1918 and again in October 1918. The cemetery contains 91 First World War burials. The cemetery was designed by W H Cowlishaw.

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Names

Showing 8 people of interest from cemetery

COMB, John Frederick Keith

Service number 5348
Lance Corporal
53rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1894

METCALFE, Arthur Charles

Service number 823
Private
55th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Jan 1892

WHISTON, Julian Thomas

Service number 3526
Private
59th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born May 1897

DE FONTENAY, Leslie Adrian

Service number 1327
Private
7th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 10 Feb 1896

WILKES, Frederick Austin Davis

Service number 2752
Private
53rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 16 Feb 1894

MORIARTY, Merion Morton

Service number 1949
Private
55th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1892

GRAY, Harold James

Service number 7150
Lance Corporal
8th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1885

JONES, Wallace Alfred

Service number 2919
Lance Corporal
53rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1891

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