KEMMEL CHATEAU MILITARY CEMETERY

 

Heuvelland

 

West-Vlaanderen

 

Belgium

 

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Shot at Dawn: 6730 Private Stanley Stewart, 2nd Bn. Royal Scots Fusiliers, executed for desertion 29/08/1917, aged 21. Row G. 66. Son of Mrs. Sarah Stewart, of 12, Bentick St., Kilmarnock. Born at Liverpool.

 

Shot at Dawn: 52929 Private James Smith, 17th Bn. The King’s (Liverpool Regiment), executed for desertion 05/09/1917, aged 26. Row M. 25. Son of James William and Elizabeth Smith, of 52, Noble St., Bolton.

 

General Directions: Kemmel Chateau Military Cemetery is located 8 Kms south of Ieper on a road leading from the Kemmelseweg (N331), connecting Ieper to Kemmel.

From Ieper town centre the Kemmelseweg is reached via the Rijselsestraat, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and straight on towards Armentieres (N336). 900 metres after the crossroads is the right hand turning onto the Kemmelseweg (made prominent by a railway level crossing).

On reaching the village of Kemmel the first right hand turning leads onto the Reningelststraat. 600 metres along the Reningelststraat lies the right hand turning onto Nieuwstraat. 500 metres along the Nieuwstraat on the right hand side of the road lies the cemetery.

 

Kemmel Chateau was north-east of Kemmel village and the cemetery was established on the north side of the chateau grounds in December 1914. It continued to be used by divisions fighting on the southern sectors of the Belgian front until March 1918, when after fierce fighting involving both Commonwealth and French forces, the village and cemetery fell into German hands in late April. The cemetery was retaken later in the year, but in the interval it was badly shelled and the old chateau destroyed.

There are now 1,135 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in the cemetery and 21 from the Second World War (which all date from the Allied withdrawal ahead of the German advance of May 1940).

The cemetery was designed by
Sir Edwin Lutyens.

 

 

Casualty Details: UK 1030; Canada 80; Australia 24; New Zealand 1; Total Burials: 1135

10368 Private

Archibald McIntyre

1st Bn. Gordon Highlanders

30/04/1916, aged 26.

Son of Mary McIntyre, of 71, Low Glencairn St., Kilmarnock.

Row M. 20.

 

Picture courtesy of great nephew, John Stewart

 

 

 

G/7286 Lance Corporal

Fredrick James Allen

13th Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment, 15/10/1917, aged 33.

Son of George and Maria Allen, of 3, Thorpe's Cottages, South St., Lewes, Sussex.

Row O. 6.

 

Picture courtesy of Bryan Allen

 

 

G/24102 Private

Albert John Hoskins

4th Bn. Royal Fusiliers

19/05/1916

Only son of Phoebe Hoskins of The Lodge, Redlees, Worton Road, Isleworth, Middlesex and brother of Edith Annie Hoskins

Row N. 26.

 

Photo courtesy of David Burnham, great nephew of this soldier

 

 

 

2243 Private

John William Wright

1st/8th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)

20/04/1915, aged 18.

E. 62

Son of Joseph Wallhead Wright & Florence Wright, lived at 47 Montague Street, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire.

Killed by a sniper when looking over the parapet in the Kemmel sector.

 

 

Picture courtesy of Nicholas Bennett, great nephew of this soldier

 

 

 

L/12904 Corporal

William Arthur Keefe

4th Bn. Royal Fusiliers

26/04/1916, aged 26.

Row L. 66.

 

The eldest son of William and Caroline Ann Keefe and the husband of Ethel Reader Keefe of 95 Scawfell Street, Haggeston, London. Pictured with daughter Vera.


He enlisted in the Royal Fusiliers around 1910-11 and was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps in 1914 as a valet/mechanic.


Picture courtesy of his granddaughter Diane Hull & his nephew John Keefe

 

 

34779 Gunner

Charles Norman Moir

2nd Bde. Australian Field Artillery

14/03/1918, aged 23.

Son of John Thomas and Jane Elizabeth Moir, of Springfield, Gosford,

New South Wales. Native of Ulan, New South Wales.

Row O. 25.

 

Picture courtesy of Giulia Greenall on behalf of my grandfather's brother - Uncle Charlie

 

 

 

The Second World War Plot

 

 

1116 Private

Maurice Gurney Jameson

Honourable Artillery Company

06/03/1915, aged 28.

Son of the Rev. H. G. and A. A. Jameson, of "Gartymore," Park Rise, Leatherhead, Surrey. Native of Eastbourne.

Row H. 54.

 

Picture courtesy of great niece, Susan McLoughlin

 

1530 Sergeant

Albert Walker

2nd Bde. Australian Field Artillery

21/03/1918, aged 30.

Son of Henry James and Mary Walker. Native of Brunswick, Victoria, Australia.

Row O. 31.

 

 

 

 

 

5310 Private

Joseph Wright Scuffham

4th Bn. Yorkshire Regiment

15/07/1916, aged 20.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Scuffham, of 50, Harker St., High Green, Skelton-in-Cleveland, Yorks.

Row L. 36.

 

28233 Private

Charles Cumming Watt

8th Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers

12/01/1917, aged 19.

Son of Alexander and Isabel Watt, of 30, Cecil Rd., Seaforth, Liverpool. Late of Ellerman Hall Line Office, Liverpool.

Row X. 54.