GENERAL DIRECTIONS: Poperinghe New Military Cemetery is located 10.5 Kms west of Ieper town centre, in the town of Poperinge itself. From Ieper, Poperinge is reached via the N308.
From Ieper town centre the Poperingseweg (N308), is reached via Elverdingsestraat then directly over two small roundabouts in the J. Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a continuation of the J. Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. On reaching the town of Poperinge, the left hand turning from the N308 leads onto the R33 Poperinge ring road. 1 Km along the N33 lies the right hand turning onto Deken De Bolan. The cemetery is located 100 metres from the ring road level with Onze Vrouwedreef on the right hand side of the road.
The town of Poperinghe (now Poperinge) was of great importance during the First World War because, although occasionally bombed or bombarded at long range, it was the nearest place to Ypres (now Ieper) which was both considerable in size and reasonably safe. It was at first a centre for Casualty Clearing Stations, but by 1916 it became necessary to move these units further back and field ambulances took their places.
The earliest Commonwealth graves in the town are in the communal cemetery. The Old Military Cemetery was made in the course of the First Battle of Ypres and was closed, so far as Commonwealth burials are concerned, at the beginning of May 1915. The New Military Cemetery was established in June 1915.
The New Military Cemetery contains 677 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 271 French war graves.
The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.
Shot at Dawn: There are 17 burials in this cemetery, all of whom were executed for either desertion (D) or cowardice (C):
Shot at Dawn: Private J. H. Wilson, 4th Bn. Canadian Expeditionary Force, 09/07/1916, Plot II. H. 2. (D)
Shot at Dawn: Private C. La Liberte, 3rd Bn. Canadian Expeditionary Force, 04/08/1916, Plot II. H. 3. (D)
Shot at Dawn: Private J. Bennett, 1st Bn. Hampshire Regiment, 28/08/1916, Plot II. J. 7. (C)
Shot at Dawn: Private A. Botfield, 9th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment, 18/10/1916, Plot II. F. 7. (C)
Shot at Dawn: Private R. Stevenson, 1/4th Bn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, 25/10/1916, Plot II. H. 9. (D)
Shot at Dawn: Private B. McGeehan, 1/8th Bn. King’s Liverpool Regiment, 02/11/1916, Plot II. D. 9. (D)
Shot at Dawn: Private R. T. Tite, 13th Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment, 25/11/1916, Plot II. F. 9. (C)
Shot at Dawn: Private W. H. Simmonds, 23rd Bn. Middlesex Regiment, 01/12/1916, Plot II. E. 9 (D)
Shot at Dawn: Second Lieutenant E. S. Poole, 11th Bn. West Yorkshire Regiment, 10/12/1916, Plot II. A. 11. (D)
Shot at Dawn: Private J. Crampton, 9th Bn. Yorks & Lancs Regiment, 04/02/1917, Plot II. B. 14 (D)
Shot at Dawn: Private J. W. Fryer, 12th Bn. Queen’s (Royal West Surrey) Regiment, 14/06/1917, Plot II. D. 14. (D)
Shot at Dawn: Private J. S. Michael, 10th Bn. Cameronians, 24/08/1917, Plot II. H. 24. (D)
Shot at Dawn: Private J. Steadman, Machine Gun Corps, 05/09/1917, Plot II. F. 41. (D)
Shot at Dawn: Sergeant J. T. Wall, 3rd Bn. Worcestershire Regiment, 06/09/1917, Plot II. F. 42. (D)
Shot at Dawn: Private G. Everill, 1st Bn. North Staffordshire Regiment, 14/09/1917, Plot II. F. 44. (D)
Shot at Dawn: Private H. Morris, 6th Bn. British West Indies Regiment, 20/09/1917, Plot II. F. 45. (D)
Shot at Dawn: Private F. C. Gore, 7th Bn. The Buffs ( East Kent Regiment), 16/10/1917, Plot II. J. 34. (D)
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 599; Canada 55; Australia 20 New Zealand 3; France 273; Germany 1; Total Burials: 951
A.S.C. men attending to War graves at Poperinghe, 22 August 1917.
© IWM (Q 2763)
(The large grave to the rear is that of M2/079172 L/Cpl. Samuel Charles Watson, 34th Ammunition Sub Park, Army Service Corps. 25/07/1917, aged 39.
Son of Richard and Mary Watson, of Bromley. Husband of Frances Alice Watson, of 56, Park Rd., Bromley, Kent. He is now buried in Plot II. E. 42. within this cemetery.)
A Canadian military funeral at a cemetery at Poperinghe, Belgium, 11 August 1917. The coffin is draped with the union flag.
© IWM (Q 5875)
The Market Square, Poperinghe, 10 May, 1918.
© IWM (Q 10303)
TOC H was a rest centre for British soldiers of all ranks stationed in the Ypres sector in Flanders. It was the idea of a young army chaplain, the Reverend ‘Tubby’ Clayton, who established the centre in ‘Talbot House’ [TOC H in Army telephone jargon] in the Belgian town of Poperinge. Talbot House offered British troops a respite from the Front and an opportunity to develop and examine their understanding of the Christian faith. After the war former soldiers from Talbot House continued the work of TOC H as a civilian charity, establishing hostels and local branches to promote the Christian faith through community orientated work programmes. The work of TOC H continues to this day as an international Christian organisation involved in various charitable and social projects.
© IWM (Art.IWM PST 10992)
6th Bn. King's Shropshire Light Infantry
12/02/1916, aged 27.
Son of Thomas Rawlings, of Preston Boats, nr. Shrewsbury, Salop.
Plot I. F. 11.
Picture courtesy of Dave Shaw
1st/7th Bn. West Yorkshire Regiment
(Prince of Wales's Own)
11/07/1915, aged 20.
Plot I. B. 1.
Son of Emily and the late Thomas Saxton, of Leeds.
"Remembered with honour"
Submitted by George F. Saxton, nephew of this soldier
L/10041 Lance Corporal
1st Bn. The Buffs
(East Kent Regiment)
14/10/1915, aged 19.
Son of Walter and Jane Fray, of Folkestone.
Plot I. E. 22.
Picture courtesy of cousin, Trevor Robbie
John Nicholas Smith, MM
98th Coy. Army Service Corps.
14/02/1917, aged 29.
Son of J. and E. Smith, of 30, Bread St., Brighton; husband of C. M. Smith, of 10, Cannon St., Brighton.
Plot II. E. 10.
Picture courtesy of great nephew, George Smith
Alfred Osborn Wraith
254th Tunnelling Coy.
13/06/1917, aged 33.
Son of Ald. G. H. Wraith, J.P. and F. L. Wraith, of Spennymoor, Co. Durham.
Went as Mining Engineer to South Africa in 1911. Fought in German South West Africa.
Plot II. E. 12.
Died of wounds 13 June 1917 at Poperinghe. He was hit by a shell on the way to the trenches during the battle of Messines.
He was mentioned in Dispatches (London Gazette 18 May 1917) by Sir Douglas Haig.
Picture courtesy of David Wraith
"B" Bty. 275th Bde. Royal Field Artillery
26/07/1917, aged 27.
Husband of Mary Cunningham, of 11, Grafton St., Toxteth Park, Liverpool.
Plot II. G. 27.
(Patrick is seated in the photograph, his comrade is unknown)
Picture courtesy of John Crockett, grandson.