GENERAL DIRECTIONS: Leave Ieper via Elverdingsestraat, straight over the roundabout onto J. Capronstraat, after 30 metres go left into M. Fochlaan and immediately after the railway station go right onto Dikkebusseweg (N375). On reaching the village of Dikkebus take a right turn into Melkerijstraat. Continue for 1km, over a crossroads and follow the road as it bends sharply to the right, then it meets a junction with the Steenakkerstraat. The cemetery is 200 metres after this junction on the Steenakkerstraat.
The cemetery is named after a line of huts which were strung along the road from Dickebusch to Brandhoek, these huts were used by Field Ambulances during the 1917 Allied offensive in this area. Most of the burials date from July-November 1917 and almost two thirds of them are Gunners from nearby artillery positions.
The cemetery closed in April 1918, when the German advance brought the front line very close. The advance was finally halted on the eastern side of the village following fierce fighting at Dickebusch Lake on May 8th 1918.
Shot at Dawn: Private V. M. Spencer, 1st Bn. (Otago) New Zealand Regiment, executed for desertion 24/02/1918, Plot 15.
Private H. Hughes, 1st/5th Bn. Yorks and Lancs Regiment, executed for desertion 10/04/1918, Plot 15. D. 15.
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 822; Canada 5; Australia 243; New Zealand 19; South Africa 4; India 1; Germany 6; Total Burials: 1100
Image of the cemetery from around 1920's, the position of the photographer was similar to that from which the image at the top of the page was taken.