KEMMEL No.1 FRENCH CEMETERY

 

Heuvelland

 

West-Vlaanderen

 

Belgium

 

GENERAL DIRECTIONS: Leave Ieper via the Lille Gate, and take the signs for Armentieres (N365), after 900m just before the railway crossing turn right onto Kemmelseweg. 5km along this road turn right into Vierstraat, the cemetery is 1km along this road on the left, turn left by the cemetery and there is a parking area.

 

In April 1918, Kemmel was the scene of fierce fighting in which both Commonwealth and French forces were engaged. From 26 April to the end of August, the village was in German hands.

The origin of the cemetery is not known; it was found by the French Graves Services soon after the Armistice and contained Commonwealth, French and German graves. Additional Commonwealth graves were brought into the cemetery from the battlefields of the Ypres Salient and from some other burial grounds in the area (for instance, BECELAERE CHURCHYARD and BEERST GERMAN CEMETERY), as were some German burials found by the Belgian Graves Services. The French graves were removed later to the Kemmel French Ossuary, and to the French cemetery at Potijze.

The cemetery now contains 296 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 260 of which are unidentified. There are also 94 German graves, of whom the majority are unidentified.

 

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens & William Harrison Cowlishaw

 

CASUALTY DETAILS: UK 278; Canada 3; Australia 12; New Zealand 3; Germany 94; Total Burials: 390

 

 

 

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