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Cemetery Details

Co‑ordinates N50.85564, E2.81999

This cemetery was started by French troops in 1914 and was taken over by Commonwealth forces in April 1915. It was used by fighting units and field ambulances until June 1917, when the land adjoining the cemetery was claimed for a military railway preventing further extension.

1175 WWI Casualties:
4 Australians; 1112 UK; 54 Canada; 2 South Africa; 3 India; 3 Germany.
The French graves were removed after the war, but three German war graves remain.

There are also four WWII burials dating from the Allied retreat to Dunkirk in May 1940.

The cemetery is remarkable for the care with which men of the same unit were buried side by side if they died at about the same time. There is also a very high proportion of graves of Territorial units, in particular Lancashire Territorials, who have nearly 250 graves in Plots IV, V and VI (4, 5 & 6). During the early months of 1917, whenever it was possible, the 55th Division brought their dead from the front for burial here.

Not far away and on the other side of the main Ieper Road is the Vlamertinghe New Cemetery which holds 1,819 casualties.

Submitted by Julianne T Ryan.  29/01/2017.  Lest we forget.



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SPOONER, Reginald

Service number 501
21st Infantry Battalion

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MOFFITT, James Arthur

Service number 652
2nd Infantry Battalion

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RASH, Percival Arthur Ronald

Service number 4227
25th Infantry Battalion
Born 1888

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ALCORN, George

Service number 5701
2nd Tunnelling Company (inc. 5th Tunnelling Company)
Born 1891

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