KANDAHAR FARM CEMETERY

 

Heuvelland

 

West-Vlaanderen

 

Belgium

 

GENERAL DIRECTIONS: Kandahar Farm Cemetery is located 10.5 km south of Ieper town centre on the Niewkerkestraat (N314), a road leading from the N365 connecting Ieper to Wijtschate, Mesen 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 town of Mesen the first right hand turning leads onto the Mesenstraat (N314), which carries on to Nieuwkerke, via the village of Wulvergem. The cemetery lies 1 km after passing through the village of Wulvergem, on the left hand side of Nieuwkerkestraat.

 

Kandahar Farm was near the village of Wulverghem (now Wulvergem) and for much of the war, the front line ran a little east of the village.

The cemetery was used by Commonwealth divisions holding this sector from November 1914 to April 1918, when it fell into German hands with the capture of Wulverghem and Neuve-Eglise (now Nieuwkerke). The two villages were recovered in early September and the cemetery was used again.

There are now 443 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in the cemetery.

The cemetery was designed by Charles Henry Holden & William Harrison Cowlishaw

 

CASUALTY DETAILS: UK 218; Canada 6; Australia 186; New Zealand 33; Germany 3; Total Burials: 446

 

 

 

 

6087 Corporal

Frederick Sahr

37th Bn. Australian Infantry,

A. I. F.

18/07/1916, aged 20.

Son of Frederick and the late Elizabeth Sahr, of Station St., Romsey, Victoria, Australia. Native of Maryborough, Victoria.

Plot II. C. 21.

 

Private Frederick Sahr, of Maryborough, Victoria, was a grocer before enlisting in April 1916. He formed part of the 19th Reinforcements of the 7th Battalion before being transferred to reinforce the 37th Battalion in August 1916. He was promoted to Corporal in August 1917, and according to his Red Cross Wounded and Missing file, was well known in the Battalion for his ‘particularly bright disposition’. He was seeking cover in a trench during the Battle of Messines when a German high explosive shell landed nearby, killing him instantly on 18 July1917.

Picture courtesy of Rowena Gough

31259 Private

Thomas Bernard Hall

1st Bn. Wellington Regiment,

N. Z. E. F.

08/06/1917, aged 26.

Son of James and Julia Hall, of Albert Rd., New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand.

Plot II. A. 16.

Remembered with honour

 

Picture courtesy of Peter Kivell

 

2124 Private

Malcolm George MacDonald

9th Coy. Australian Machine Gun Corps.

28/07/1917, aged 19.

Plot II. F. 9.

He was the son and youngest child of Francis John McDonald
and Josephine Sarah McDonald (Wilson/Clark). He was born in Coonabarabran
in New South Wales and enlisted in the army in Newcastle, New South Wales.  Served
in France and Belgium and was killed in action in Belgium on 28/7/1917, aged 19.

My Grandmother, who was closest to him, of all the siblings, in both age and friendship, never really got over his
death. There is a monument with his name on it on Ocean Road, Dudley, Newcastle. It is in a
park diagonally opposite the home he used to live in.


 

Picture courtesy of great niece, Patricia Adams

 

Captain

Donald Gordon McHattie, M. I. D.

3rd Div Train

Australian Army Service Corps.

17/07/1917, aged 24.

Son of James Cameron McHattie and Frances McHattie, of 4, Hunter St., Newcastle, New South Wales.

Plot II. C. 37.

 

He was Mentioned in despatches “for having performed various acts of conspicuous gallantry or valuable service during the period from 25th of April to 5th of May, 1915” at Gallipoli. He enlisted 10/08/1914 and before enlisting he was an accountant and lived with his parents James and Francis McHattie in Newcastle New South Wales. My mother is his niece through his sister Fanny.

 

Picture courtesy of Craig O'Keeffe

 

7721 Serjeant

Alfred McDermott, DCM

(Served as Mack)

1st Bn. Cheshire Regiment

31/01/1915, aged 40.

Son of Henry McDermott, of Burnley.

Plot I. D. 15.

 

Lived at 16 Raglan Road, Burnley. Awarded the DCM in 1901 when serving with The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

 

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