KANDAHAR FARM CEMETERY

 

Heuvelland

 

West-Vlaanderen

 

Belgium

 

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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

 

A 3rd Australian Divisional Field Dressing Station at Kandahar Farm, on the afternoon of 7 June 1917, during the Battle of Messines. Note the third man from the right (with his back to the camera) is wearing privately purchased body armour and all the wounded on the stretchers have their legs splinted.

 

 

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

 

"A near view of the graves of Lt Christmas and Keam of 3rd Pioneers." 'It happened thus. Lt Raymond (of Brisbane) was wounded by a shell & these two officers went to his assistance. A second shell came & killed these two & wounded lt R agaain. Lt Raymond survived. We were working on some water logged trenches at Gapaard (Belgium) & it was a fearful place for shells.' Second Lieutenant Frederic John Christmas and Lieutenant Frank Finlay Keam were killed in action on 27 June 1917. (One of a collection of photographs belonging to Lieutenant (Lt) Robert Trevor Williams and taken by Lt William Wyatt Harvey during a battlefield tour of France and Belgium, January 1919, by officers of the 3rd Pioneer Battalion. The original caption quoted in double inverted commas is by Lt Harvey. The original caption quoted in single inverted commas is by Lt Williams.)

 

1139 Lance Sergeant

Patrick John Cunningham

38th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

17/07/17, aged 24.

Son of James and Mary Cunningham. Native of Netherby, Victoria, Australia.

Plot II. C. 23.

 

1995 Private

Robert Chestnut Summers

50th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

10/06/1917, aged 27.

Son of Robert Chestnut Summers and Elizabeth Ann Summers, of 96, Morgan Lane, Broken Hill, New South Wales. Native of Terowie, South Australia.

Plot II. B. 5.

 

 

2404 Private

Leslie Francis Essex

51st Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

26/08/1917Son of William Joseph and Mary Ann Essex, of 24, Arundel St., Fremantle, West Australia.

Plot II. F. 32.

 

Lieutenant

Heathcote Wyndham

38th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

17/07/1917, aged 44.

Son of Hugh and Celia Wyndham; husband of G. Wyndham, of Westholm, Inverell, New South Wales.

Plot II. C. 27.

 

 

     

282 Private

Samuel Henry Gale

5th Bn. Australian Machine Gun Corps

22/03/1918, aged 21.

Son of Elizabeth and the late Henry Gale, of Yacka, South Australia.

Plot II. H. 22.

 

His brother Edwin also died and is buried at

Nine Elms British Cemetery

 

Picture courtesy of great nephew, Wayne Eberhard

 

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

 

 

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

 

Lieutenant

Alfred Jesse Edmonston-Fearn

8th Bde. Australian Field Artillery

06/07/1917, aged 30.

Son of Sefton and Maria L. Edmonston-Fearn; husband of D. Edmonston-Fearn, of 71, Barkly St., Brunswick, Victoria, Australia. Native of Rawalpindi, India.

Plot II. E. 38.

 

 

 

530 Private

Frank Joseph Pooler

36th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

16/07/1917, aged 34.

Son of Joseph Edward and Martha E. Pooler, of Lake Cargelligo, New South Wales.

Plot II. C. 32.

 

1916 Private

Henry George Sypott

38th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

17/07/1917, aged 20.

Son of John Bernard and Sarah Jane Sypott, of Nurcoung, Victoria, Australia.

Plot II. C. 31.

 

 

1885 Private

Allan McMaster

38th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

13/07/1917, aged 20.

Son of Allan and Susan McMaster, of Goyura, Victoria, Australia.

Plot I. B. 18.

 

10589 Corporal

Eric Richard Butt

3rd Div. Signal Coy.

Australian Engineers

28/07/1917

Son of George H. and Julia Butt. Native of Victoria, Australia.

Plot II. E. 41.

 

"3rd Pioneer Bn graves at Kandahar Cemetery. The Dressing Station was in the building. The trees are on the road." 'Our graves are those with oval plates. Had many a cup of hot cocoa at this station about 3am. It is situated on the road from Neuve Eglise in Belgium.' (One of a collection of photographs belonging to Lieutenant (Lt) Robert Trevor Williams and taken by Lt William Wyatt Harvey during a battlefield tour of France and Belgium, January 1919, by officers of the 3rd Pioneer Battalion. The original caption quoted in double inverted commas is by Lt Harvey. The original caption quoted in single inverted commas is by Lt Williams.)

 

 

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

 

 

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 July 1917.

Picture courtesy of Rowena Gough

 

 

Kandahar Farm Cemetery in the 1920's

     

     

230 Driver

Ivo Elmore Ferrier

5th Bn. Australian Machine Gun Corps

22/03/1918, aged 24.

Son of James Drysdal Ferrier and Emily Ferrier, of Warragul, Victoria. Australia. Native of Elmore, Victoria.

Plot II. H. 24.

 

14624 Gunner

James Henry McGahey

8th Bde. Australian Field Artillery

07/07/1917, aged 26.

Son of James and Mary Jane McGahey, of 13, Mathoura Rd., Toorak, Victoria, Australia. Native of South Yarra, Victoria.

Plot II. E. 40.

 

 

 

501 Private

John Richard Musgrove

34th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

27/07/1917, aged 33.

Son of Benjamin and Annie Musgrove; husband of E. A. Musgrove, of Main Rd., Abermain, New South Wales.

Plot II. C. 1.

 

9075 Private

Clyde Donaldson

2nd Bn. Manchester Regiment

27/11/1914, aged 31.

Husband of Jean Elizabeth Davies (formerly Donaldson), of 6, Bright St., Green Bank, Blackburn.

Plot I. C. 6.

 

 

Original battle damaged grave at Kandahar Farm of 9544 Sapper Samuel Francey, 11th Field Coy. Australian Engineers, a boilermaker from Brisbane, Queensland.

 

 

3567 Private

Norman Hocking

32nd Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

12/12/1917

Plot I. D. 7.

 

 

Lieutenant

Christian Peder Christensen

39th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

29/07/1917, aged 31.

Son of Tobias and Marie Christensen, of Patho, Victoria, Australia.

Plot II. F. 4.