MAPLE LEAF CEMETERY

 

Comines-Warneton

 

Hainaut

 

Belgium

 

GENERAL DIRECTIONS: Maple Leaf Cemetery is located 14 Kms south of Ieper town centre, on a road leading from the Rijselseweg, N365, which connects Ieper to Wijtschate, Mesen, Ploegsteert 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 village of Ploegsteert, turn right at the church onto rue du Romarin. At the end of this road lies the left hand turning onto Niepkerkestraat (for only 50 metres), then immediately right onto Zakstraat. The cemetery is located 50 metres beyond the right hand turning onto Zakstraat.

 

Maple Leaf Cemetery was begun in December 1914 by fighting units and field ambulances, but from July 1915 to April 1916, the village was occupied by the Advanced Dressing Station of the 3rd Canadian Field Ambulance and the cemetery thus acquired its present name. The last Commonwealth burial was made in December 1917, but German graves were added in April 1918 when the cemetery was in German hands.

The cemetery contains 167 Commonwealth and nine German burials of the First World War.

The cemetery was designed by George Hartley Goldsmith

 

Shot at Dawn: 42467 Private Albert Parry, 2nd Bn. West Yorkshire Regiment, (Prince of Wales's Own) executed for desertion 30/08/1917. Row K. 4. Husband of Alice Maude Parry, of 11, Empringham Terrace, Dalby Street, Hull.

 

The mass pardon of 306 British Empire soldiers executed for certain offences during the Great War was enacted in section 359 of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which came into effect on royal assent on 8 November 2006.

 

CASUALTY DETAILS: UK 80; Canada 39;  Australia 4; New Zealand 43; South Africa 1; Germany 9; Total Burials: 176

 

89892 Gunner

Reuben N. Theobald

Royal Garrison Artillery

13/05/1917, aged 28.

Son of John and Eliza Theobald, of Lincoln; husband of Lucy Theobald, of 9, St. Thomas St., Scarborough.

Row N. 8.

 

Pictures courtesy of great, great niece, Heidi Langham

 

 

15399 Private

James Parrott

8th Bn. South Lancashire Regiment

18/10/1915, aged 45.

Husband of Hannah Parrott, of 64, Brown St., Macclesfield.

Row E. 5.

 

Picture courtesy of Luc D'haene

 

 

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