LA CLYTTE MILITARY CEMETERY

 

Reninghelst

 

West-Vlaanderen

 

Belgium

 

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Shot at Dawn: 31184 Private, Leonard Mitchell, 8th Bn. York and Lancaster Regiment, executed for desertion 19/09/1917. Plot III. A. 2. Son of George H. Mitchell, of 74, Rawmarsh Rd., Rotherham, Yorks. His brother, William Henry also died on service.

General Directions: La Clytte Military Cemetery is located 8 Kms west of Ieper town centre on the N304 Klijtseweg, a road leading from the N375 Dikkebuseweg, connecting Ieper to Dikkebus, Klijte and on to Loker. From Ieper town centre the Dikkebusseweg (N375) is located via Elverdingsestraat, straight over a roundabout onto J.Capronstraat (for 30 metres), then left along M.Fochlaan. Immediately after the train station, the first right hand turning is the Dikkebusseweg. 7 Kms along the Dikkebusseweg lies the village of De Klijte (formerly La Clytte) and the right hand turning at the roundabout just before the village leads onto the N304 Reningelststraat. The cemetery lies 100 metres after this right hand turning on the left hand side of the road.


The first burial in the cemetery took place on the 1st November, 1914, and between that date and April, 1918, Plots I, II and III and part of Plot IV were filled. The hamlet of La Clytte was used as Brigade Headquarters, and the burials were carried out by Infantry, Artillery and Engineer units (out of 600, 250 are those of Artillery personnel and 66 are those of Engineers). After the Armistice Plot IV was completed, and Plots V and VI formed by the concentration of isolated graves and small graveyards from the area round Reninghelst, Dickebusch, Locre and Kemmel.

 

There are now 1,082 casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 238 of the burials are unidentified and one of the graves, brought in from LEICESTER CAMP CEMETERY, is marked with the names of two men between whom the identification rests. Other special memorials commemorate casualties known to have been buried in the cemetery, but whose graves could not be located. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Casualty Details: UK 1010; Canada 51; Australia 12; New Zealand 3; South Africa 6; Total Burials: 1082

 

 

221227 Gunner

Walter Moore

"D" Bty. 315th Bde. Royal Field Artillery

23/09/1917, aged 29.

Husband of Mrs Moore, 24 Ribblesdale Street, Burnley.

Plot III. B. 10.

 

Walter was called up on February 5th, 1917. Prior to that he had been employed as a van man at Messrs. Atkinson's Laundry, Burnley. His brother, George was also killed, 28th April 1917 and is buried at Epehy Wood Farm Cemetery.

 

Second Lieutenant S. H. Berry, R.F.A. wrote to Walter's wife;

"Dear Mrs Moore, it is with the deepest regret that I have to inform you of the death of your husband, who was killed in action on the 23rd inst. I know that it will be of some consolation to you to know that his death was absolutely instantaneous and that he did not suffer any pain. he was carrying despatches at the time, and was within a few yards of the dug out in which we were living. Gunner Moore was one of our best men, always willing and brave, and his death was one of the greatest losses the battery has sustained. Your husband was buried in a pretty little cemetery behind the lines with full military honours. As many of the officers and men who could be relieved were present. A cross has been erected in his memory. With every expression of deepest sympathy in your great loss."

 

 

13018 Serjeant

Percy Hatfield

7th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry.

13/06/1916.

Plot II. D. 30.

Husband of Mrs Hatfield 12 Wreckin Terrace, Castle Forgate, Shrewsbury.

 

Killed in action by artillery fire at "U" Trench in the St. Eloi sector of Belgium.

 

Picture courtesy of Philip Morris of Shrewsbury

 

 

 

 

59322 Gunner

Isaac Butler

"D" Battery, 315th Bde. Royal Field Artillery

Killed in action 21/07/1917, aged 23.

Plot II. F. 7

 

 Isaac was born 16th April, 1884 in Birmingham, he never married and was the third generation of the family to carry the name. Isaac was killed in action at 0300 hours on 21/07/1917.

 

Picture courtesy of his Great nephew, Ian Bishop

 

 

 

25412 Private

Herbert Dent

8th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

23/09/1917, aged 26.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Willie Dent, of 195, Barden Lane, Burnley.

Plot III. B. 17.

 

Herbert was wounded on September 22nd, 1917. A shell burst nearby severely injured him in both legs. He was taken to a nearby dressing station but succumbed to his wounds the following day. A friend of Herbert's sent a book of music back to Herbert's parents that had been in his pack. The book was an album of Chopin's Valses.

 

711054 Driver

Hugh Bamber Helm

"B" Bty. 156th Bde.

Royal Field Artillery

19/04/1918, aged 27.

Left behind his wife Ann and a baby son, Thomas, whom he never saw.

Plot V. C. 9.

 

Picture courtesy of and remembered by great granddaughter Denise Makinson

 

 

 

260122 Private

George C. Parker

10th Bn. Cheshire Regiment

26/04/1918, aged 38.

Plot IV. D. 51.

Son of George and Elizabeth Parker; husband of Sarah Ann Parker, of 63, Kent St., Grangetown, Cardiff.

Picture courtesy of grandson, David Thompson

 

 

22477 Bombardier

Andrew Crompton Maxwell

52nd Bty. 15th Bde. Royal Field Artillery

10/10/1917

Plot III. D. 21.

Born in  North Shields, Northumberland, England and was the son of Michael Maxwell and Jane Codling one of 9 children. He was a regular soldier serving in South Africa prior to the war. He was mentioned in dispatches for bravery whilst stopping a galloping horse and averting any injuries to a crowd of spectators.

 He was married to Isabella Hobbs in 1911 and they had one child, my mother; due to his army commitments and his untimely death my mother never met him.

Picture courtesy of grandson Brian Gilbertson