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265427 Private, John McFarlane, 4th Bn. King's Liverpool Regiment, executed for desertion 22/05/1918, aged 27. Plot XI. A. 2. Son of William and Margaret McFarlane, of 14, Gerard Street, Byrom Street, Liverpool.


11682 Private Joseph Nisbet 1st Bn. Leicestershire Regiment, executed for desertion 23/08/1918. Plot XV. C. 21.


General Directions: Nine Elms British Cemetery is located west of Poperinge on the Helleketelweg, a road leading from the N33 Poperinge ring road.

From Ieper follow the signs to Poperinge. At the traffic lights at the end of the expressway turn left onto the Poperinge ring road, the Europalaan. Follow the ring road to the roundabout and take the second exit. At the next roundabout take the second exit, follow the ring road and take the first turning on the left, the Helleketelweg. The cemetery is along here on the left.

The cemetery was begun and used by the 3rd Australian and 44th Casualty Clearing Stations when they moved to Poperinghe (now Poperinge), from Brandhoek and Lijssenthoek respectively, in September 1917. Nearly all the burials in Plots I to IX came from these Casualty Clearing Stations, whilst they operated in this area during the 1917 Battle of Ypres, up until December 1917.

Plots X, XI, XIII, XIV and XV cover the dates between the beginning of March, 1918 and the 12th October, 1918, the period of the German offensive in Flanders, the British counter attacks and the final advance of August-September. The burials in these cases were carried out almost entirely by fighting units.

The cemetery contains 1,556 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 37 German war graves from this period. There are also 22 Second World War burials in the cemetery, all dating from the Allied retreat to Dunkirk in 1940.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.


Casualty Details: UK 963; Canada 299; Australia 150; New Zealand 117; South Africa 26; India 1; Total Burials: 1592




19143 Private

Horace Gordon Brookes

"B" Coy. 7th Bn. The Buffs

(East Kent Regiment)

30/09/1917, aged 20

Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Brookes, of Enfield, Middx.

Plot II. F. 7.


Picture courtesy of Peter Jones






881 Private

Edwin James Gale

43rd Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

21/10/1917, aged 29.

Son of Elizabeth and the late Henry Gale, of Yacka, South Australia.

His brother Samuel also died and is buried at Kandahar Farm Cemetery

Plot V. C. 5.


Picture courtesy of great nephew, Wayne Eberhard





The Second World War plot