RENINGHELST NEW MILITARY CEMETERY

 

Poperinge

 

West-Vlaanderen

 

Belgium

 

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General Directions: Reninghelst New Military Cemetery is located 9.5 Kms south west of Ieper (formerly Ypres) town centre, in the village of Reningelst (formerly Reninghelst), on a road leading from the N308 Poperingseweg.

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 main crossroads in the village of Vlamertinge take the left hand turning onto the Bellestraat. After crossing the N38 Ieper Poperinge road, the village of Reningelst lies 6 Kms beyond Vlamertinge. On reaching the village, turn right onto the Zevekotestraatand continue to the Reningelstplein where the churchyard is clearly visible. The Baljuwstraat leads from the Reningelstplein and the cemetery is 500 metres along this road on the left hand side. The village of Reninghelst (now Reningelst) was occupied by Commonwealth forces from the late autumn of 1914 to the end of the war and was sufficiently far from the front line to provide a suitable station for field ambulances. The earliest burials took place in the Churchyard, but in November 1915, the New Military Cemetery was opened. It remained in use until September 1918.

There are now 798 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in the cemetery.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Casualty Details: UK 461; Canada 230; Australia 104; New Zealand 2; South Africa 1; Germany 2; Total Burials: 800

 

Captain

Gerard Montague Gordon

Adjt. 12th Bn. Royal Fusiliers

09/06/1917, aged 26.

Son of George and Mary Gordon, of Wincombe Park, Wilts, and The Barn House, Sherborne, Dorset.

Plot II. C. 26.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shot at Dawn

 

1731 Rifleman, Robert Loveless Barker, 1st/6th Bn. London Regiment (City of London Rifles), executed for cowardice 04/11/1916, aged 21. Plot II. E. 15.

 

683458 Private Frederick Loader, 1st/22nd Bn. London Regiment, executed for desertion 19/08/1917, Plot III. B. 14.

 

204455 Private William Smith, 3rd/5th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers, executed for desertion 14/11/1917, aged 20. Plot IV. B. 28. Son of Robert and Ada Smith, of 16, Lord St., Pendleton, Manchester.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

Original Australian Graves in at Reninghelst New Military Cemetery