Hagle Dump Cemetery is 7.5 km west of Ieper town centre on the Sint Pietersstraat, a road leading from the N308 Poperingseweg, connecting Ieper to Poperinge. 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.
6 km along the Poperingseweg, after passing through the villages of Vlamertinge and Brandhoek, lies the right hand turning onto Galgestraat. 1 km along the Galgestraat lies a staggered crossroads. The cemetery lies 300 metres after this crossroads on Sint Pietersstraat.
Elverdinge remained throughout the war behind the British front line, and Hospital Farm and Ferme-Olivier Cemeteries, both in the commune, were used in the earlier years for British burials.
Hagle Dump was a dump just over 3 kilometres South-West of Elverdinge village, and the cemetery was begun there in April 1918, during the Battles of Lys.
It was used by fighting units and Field Ambulances until the following October; and after the Armistice was enlarged by the concentration (into Plots III and IV) of graves from the battlefields of the Salient.
The graves of 26 American soldiers, who fell in July-September 1918, and two French soldiers were removed to other burials grounds.
There are now over 400, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly a third are unidentified.
The cemetery covers an area of 1,818 square metres and is enclosed by a red brick wall.
Brielen Military Cemetery, from which 20 British graves were brought to Hagle Dump Cemetery, was close to the South side of Brielen village. It was used from April 1915 to September 1917, and it contained the graves of 31 French soldiers, 16 from the United Kingdom and four Canadian.
In the CWGC Cemeteries each nationality has its own style of headstone. In the case of the German soldiers there are two variations. This rectangular form which can be found in Belgium, and a triangular topped version closer to the form of the Commonwealth graves which can be found in both Belgium and France.
There are two executed soldiers within the cemetery.
Private Walter Dossett 45980
1/4th Bn York and Lancaster Regiment
Died on 25th June 1918 aged 22
Son of William and Lily Dossett, of Sheffield
Walter Dossett had been serving in the trenches since 1916 with a number of Machine Gun units before finally being transferred into the York and Lancaster Regiment.
During the German Spring Offensive of 1918 Dossett went absent from his battalion. He was eventually arrested and sent before a court martial; charged with desertion. Found guilty as charged he was shot on the 25th June 1918.
Grave: I E 7
Private George Ainley 202893
1/4th Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Died on 30th July 1918 aged 20
Son of George and Alice Ainley, of 82 Randall St, Sheffield, Yorks
On the 28th January 1918 Ainley was tried for a self inflicted wound. Between then and his date of execution he went absent three times. His Commanding Officer's note to the court that Ainley did not seem to have a sense of responsibility and was thus not of soldiering material can be thought of as ironic as Ainley was almost certainly a conscript who had not been given the choice of profession.
Grave: II D 5