KLEIN-VIERSTRAAT BRITISH

CEMETERY

 

Kemmel

 

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, continue for 1km along this road then, turn left by Kemmel No.1 French cemetery and there is a parking area. Park here and walk across the road to Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery.

 

The village of Kemmel and the adjoining hill, Mont Kemmel, were the scene of fierce fighting in the latter half of April 1918, in which both Commonwealth and French forces were engaged.

The cemetery was begun in January 1917 and Plots I to III were made by field ambulances and fighting units before the middle of January 1918. Plot IV was begun in April 1918. After the Armistice, graves were brought into Plot I, Row H, and Plots IV to VII, from two smaller cemeteries (FERME HENRI PATTYN-VANLAERES, Poperinghe and MONT-VIDAIGNE MILITARY CEMETERY, Westoutre) and from the battlefields of Dikkebus, Loker and Kemmel.

Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery now contains 805 First World War burials, 109 of them unidentified.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens & John Reginald Truelove

 

CASUALTY DETAILS: UK 780; Canada 8;  Australia 8 New Zealand 7; South Africa 1; Total Burials: 804

 

37541 Lance Corporal

Lane Hindle Thompson

8th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

23/11/1917, aged 23.

Son of Betsy Thompson, of 7, Holmby St., Burnley Lane, Burnley, and the late Baldwin Thompson.

Plot I. G. 13.

 

Lane was a Joiner at Stanworth's, Barden Lane, Burnley prior to enlisting and a Bugler in the St Andrew's Scout Troop.

His parents received the following letter from his Captain, written the day after his death:

 

"Your son was killed in action yesterday. His loss will be greatly felt in the company, and by me personally, as he had just been promoted, and was doing good work, when he was suddenly taken from us. Your son suffered no pain and was buried this morning in a village near by."

 

The Chaplain also wrote:

 

"He died doing his duty like a brave man."

 

71700 Serjeant

Thomas Albert Dagg, MM

188th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery

01/10/1917, aged 25.

Son of Richard and Lucy Ann Dagg, of 8, Lower Market St., Farnworth, Lancs.

Plot III. F. 7.

 

Thomas lived in Burnley and was Assistant Master at St. Mary's R.C. Boys School. He was awarded the Military Medal for extinguishing a fire at an ammunition dump in France.

 

His parents received the following letter from Major A. R. Carr:

 

"Dear Mr. Dagg, it is with very deep regret that I must write and tell you of the death of your son. He was killed last night by the bursting of a shell only a few yards away. He was in charge of his gun at the time, and was actually firing. I, together with the officers under my command, sympathise most deeply with you on your great loss. He has done most excellent work since he came out with the battery, and we can ill afford to lose him. Under fire he always seemed to be fearless, and his example to his men was splendid. He was buried this afternoon with two others of his comrades in a military cemetery about two miles from the battery position, and I have made a careful note of the spot."

 

 

 

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