La Clytte


La Clytte Military Cemetery is located 8 Kms west of Ieper town centre on the N304 Klijtseweg, a road leading from the N375 Dikkebuseweg, connecting Ieper to Dikkebus, Klijte and on to Loker. From Ieper town centre the Dikkebusseweg (N375) is located via Elverdingsestraat, straight over a roundabout onto J.Capronstraat (for 30 metres), then left along M.Fochlaan. Immediately after the train station, the first right hand turning is the Dikkebusseweg.

7 Kms along the Dikkebusseweg lies the village of De Klijte (formerly La Clytte) and the right hand turning at the roundabout just before the village leads onto the N304 Reningelststraat. The cemetery lies 100 metres after this right hand turning on the left hand side of the road.

La Clytte Military Cemetery

Historical Information

The first burial in the cemetery took place on the 1st November, 1914, and between that date and April, 1918, Plots I, II and III and part of Plot IV were filled.

The hamlet of La Clytte was used as Brigade Headquarters, and the burials were carried out by Infantry, Artillery and Engineer units (out of 600, 250 are those of Artillery personnel and 66 are those of Engineers).

After the Armistice Plot IV was completed, and Plots V and VI formed by the concentration of isolated graves and small graveyards from the area round Reninghelst, Dickebusch, Locre and Kemmel.

There are now 1,082 casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 238 of the burials are unidentified and one of the graves, brought in from Leicester Camp Cemetery, is marked with the names of two men between whom the identification rests.

Other special memorials commemorate casualties known to have been buried in the cemetery, but whose graves could not be located.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

La Clytte Military Cemetery
Private William Finnie

Private William Finnie 5520
19th Bn Canadian Infantry
Central Ontario Regiment
Died on 28th November 1915 aged 36
Son of John and Mary Finnie, of Salem, Ontario

Grave: I B 17

Private Lancelot Harris

Private Lancelot Harris 1112
Honourable Artillery Company
Died on 28th April 1915 aged 20
Son of Robert and Maud Harris, of De La Warr Rd, Bexhill-on-Sea
Enlisted August 1914

Grave: I B 8

Private Keith Drozdovsky

Private Keith Drozdovsky 135130
2nd Bn Canadian Infantry
Eastern Ontario Regiment
Died on 9th August 1917

Grave: II E 5

Private S Alexandrovitch

Private S Alexandrovitch 32598
1/5th Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers
Died on 26th September 1918 aged 35
Son of Michael and Eva Alexandrovitch, of Lithuania
Husband of Mary Yakas Alexandrovitch, of 64, Rose St, Glasgow

Grave: IV E 4


A tale of two brothers

Private Leonard Mitchell

Private Leonard Mitchell 31184
8th Bn York and Lancaster Regiment
Died on 19th September 1917 aged xxxx
Son of George Mitchell, of 74, Rawmarsh Rd, Rotherham, Yorks
His brother, William Henry also died on service (see below).

Shot at Dawn for Desertion

Already under a suspended death sentence Mitchell went absent just before his unit went into battle.

Grave: III A 2

Gunner William Mitchell

Gunner William Mitchell 82231
107th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery
Died on 9th August 1917 aged 26
Son of George Henry Mitchell, of 74, Rawmarsh Rd., Rotherham, Yorks

His brother, Leonard also died on service.
(The family my well not have been aware of Leonard's fate)

Grave: II E 1


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