Passchendaele, New British Cemetery

Cemetery Details

Location Zonnebeke, Provincie West-Vlaanderen (West Flanders) - Flanders, Belgium
Co‑ordinates N50.90433, E3.0109
Description

The village of Passchendaele (now Passendale) and surrounding area were associated with every phase of the First World War. In the middle of October 1914, Passchendaele was briefly under Allied occupation but by 20 October it was in German hands, where it remained for the next three years. On 6 November 1917, after the severest fighting in most unfavourable weather, the 5th Canadian Infantry Brigade took, and passed, the village; this fight was part of the Second Battle of Passchendaele, the last of the Battles of Ypres, 1917. In the middle of April 1918, in the Battles of the Lys, the Allied line was withdrawn far back on the road to Ypres, but on 29 September, in the course of the Allied offensive in Flanders, Belgian forces recaptured the village.

The New British Cemetery was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields of Passchendaele and Langemarck. Almost all of the burials are from the autumn of 1917.

The cemetery now contains 2,101 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 1,600 of the graves are unidentified but there are special memorials to seven casualties believed to be buried among them.

The cemetery was designed by Charles Holden.

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Names

Showing 8 people of interest from cemetery

HARWOOD, William

Service number 4810
Corporal
51st Infantry Battalion (WW1)
AIF WW1
Born 1888

GAY, Harry Gillon

Service number 310
Second Lieutenant
6th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1896

CORNEY, Hubert Hume

Service number 1764
Lieutenant
21st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

PITMAN, Talbert Lawrence

Service number 10794
Lieutenant
44th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 7 Aug 1891

GOULD, Elwyn Samuel

Service number OFFICER
Captain
27th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 13 Jul 1893

BLOXHAM, William Thomas

Service number 4595
Private
18th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Sep 1885

DICKSON, William Ernest

Service number 6980
Lance Corporal
8th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

BECKETT, Robert

Service number 4450
Private
11th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1894

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