WHITE HOUSE CEMETERY

 

St. Jean-les-Ypres

 

West-Vlaanderen

 

Belgium

 

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The Cemetery is located north-east of Ieper on the Brugseweg (N313) in the direction of Roeselare/Brugge.

From the Grote Markt in Ieper take the road called Korte Torhoutstraat and at the end turn left into Lange Torhoutstraat, follow this road over the roundabout into Kalfvart and continue to the traffic lights. At the traffic lights turn right into Brugseweg and the cemetery is along here on the left before the village of St.Jan.

White House Cemetery was begun in March 1915 and used until April 1918 by units holding this part of the line. It then comprised most of the present Plots I and II; but after the Armistice these Plots were completed, and III and IV added, when graves were brought in from the battlefields around Ypres (now Ieper) and from a number of small burial grounds, including the following:-

BASSEVILLE FARM GERMAN CEMETERY, ZANTVOORDE, on the Zantvoorde-Zillebeke road, where five soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried in November, 1914.
BAVARIA HOUSE CEMETERY, YPRES, at an Advanced Dressing Station near Verlorenhoek and close to the Potijze-Zonnebeke road. Here were buried, in September-November, 1917, 17 soldiers from the United Kingdom, four from Canada, four from Australia, three from New Zealand and one from the West Indies.
BEDFORD HOUSE CEMETERY, ENCLOSURE No.1, ZILLEBEKE, on the East side of the Ypres-St. Eloi road. In this, the oldest of the five Bedford House "Enclosures," ten French soldiers were buried in 1914 and 1915, and 14 soldiers from the United Kingdom in 1915 and 1917.
COTTAGE GARDEN CEMETERY, ST. JEAN, close to the main street of the village. Here were buried, in 1914-1915, 44 soldiers from the United Kingdom and one from Canada.
GREEN HUNTER CEMETERY, VLAMERTINGHE, close to the cabaret "In den Groenen Jager," a little West of the Vlamertinghe-Voormezeele road. Twenty soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried here in 1915 and 1918.
HENGEBAERT FARM CEMETERY, DICKEBUSCH, 600 metres North of Dickebusch village, where 16 soldiers from Australia and ten (all R.F.A.) from the United Kingdom were buried in 1915-1917.
NORTH BANK CEMETERY, VOORMEZEELE, (also called Lankhof Cemetery), between Lankhof Farm and the canal. In this cemetery, which was completely destroyed, eleven Canadian soldiers were buried in April and May, 1916.
WILDE WOOD CEMETERY, ZONNEBEKE, a little North of the Ypres-Roulers railway line, where 17 soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried in July-September, 1917.

There are now 1,163 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 322 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 16 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of 28 casualties who were buried in other cemeteries, but whose graves could not be found on concentration. The cemetery also contains eight Second World War burials, all dating from May 1940.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield

Casualty Details: UK 1002; Canada 85; Australia 45; New Zealand 25; South Africa 5; India 1; Bermuda 1; Total Burials: 1164

 

 

 

725567 Private

Melvel Northey

21st Bn. Canadian Infantry

(Eastern Ontario Regiment)

Between 09/11/1917 and 12/11/1917, aged 25.

Plot I. A. 20.

 

Private Melvel Northey 725567 Canadian Expeditionary Forces, Eastern Ontario Regiment, 21st Battalion Born to Thomas Northey and Martha Jane Fortune on 26 March 1892 in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada. Married Margaret Anderson Moyes, originally from Tayport, Scotland, in Kinmount, ON on 25 March 1914 Enlisted in Bobcaygeon, ON. on 3 January 1916 Knicknamed "Samson" for his amazing strength combined with an easygoing disposition Killed in action at Passchendaele sometime between 9 - 12 November 1917. He left behind his wife and two girls, Helen, 3 and Iva, 1.

 

Picture and information courtesy of Michele Laing

 

 

Victoria Cross: 10531 Private, Robert Morrow, VC, 1st Battalion Royal Irish Fusiliers, 26/04/1915, aged 24. Plot IV. A. 44. Son of Hugh and Margaret Jane Morrow, of Sessia, Newmills, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone.

 

 

 

 

Citation:

An extract from "The London Gazette", No. 29170, dated 22nd May, 1915, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery near Messines on 12th April, 1915, when he rescued and carried successively to places of comparative safety, several men who had been buried in the debris of trenches wrecked by shell fire. Private Morrow carried out this gallant work on his own initiative and under very heavy fire from the enemy."

 

 

 

Shot at Dawn

 

779 Private Herbert H. Chase, 2nd Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers, executed for cowardice 12/06/1915, aged 21. Plot III. P. 1.

 

7171 Private William J. Turpie, 2nd Bn. East Surrey Regiment, executed for desertion 01/07/1915, aged 24. Plot II. C. 24.

 

L/10098 Private Robert Gawler, 1st Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), executed for desertion 24/02/1916, aged 29. Plot III. L. 9. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Gawler, of 10, Staplegate Place, Canterbury.

 

L/8107 Private Alfred E. Eveleigh, 1st Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), executed for desertion 24/02/1916, aged 27. Plot III. L. 10.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Two similar images of the cemetery, the first picture shows the cemetery in the early 1920's, the architecture and building work has been completed but the wooden grave markers remain.

The second picture shows the cemetery after the crosses have been removed and replaced by the headstones, this image dates from the mid 1920's.

 

 

WW2 Graves