Neuve Chapelle Farm


Neuve Chapelle is a small village some 15 kilometres south-east of Lille and 6 kilometres north of La Bassée. From La Bassée take the Estaires road, D947, for 5 kilometres then turn right onto the D171 for 1 kilometre into Neuve Chapelle. Turn left after the church and then right onto a rough track some 300 metres past the track to Neuve Chapelle British Cemetery. Neuve Chapelle Farm Cemetery will be found on the left hand side. The cemetery is well sign-posted.

This area has seen a lot of building and this is now part of a small housing estate with a proper road. You will see a small side track off to your right marked for the British Cemetery. Continue along around the houses and the footpath for the Farm Cemetery is indicated on your right between the houses. It is possible to park alongside one of the garden hedges without inconveniencing the inhabitants.

Neuve-Chapelle Farm Cemetery

Historical Information

The village has given its name to the battle which began on the 10th March 1915, and in which it was captured, not for the first time, by the IV and Indian Corps. It was later adopted by the County Borough of Blackpool.

Neuve-Chapelle Farm Cemetery was begun by the 13th London Regiment (The Kensingtons) during the Battle of Neuve-Chapelle.

There are now over 60, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly half are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 13 men of the Kensingtons who are buried among them.

The cemetery covers an area of 585 square metres and is enclosed by a rubble wall.

Neuve-Chapelle Farm Cemetery
Private Arthur Gordon

Private Arthur Gordon 10097
2nd Bn Royal Berkshire Regiment
Died on 10th March 1915 aged 17
Son of Ernest and Emily Gordon, of 9 Raymond Rd, Maidenhead, Berks.

Grave: I 2

There are two other 17 year olds buried in the cemetery:

  • Private Willie Burrows 8378
    2nd Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
    Died on 10th March 1915
    Son of Hannah Burrows, of 50, Little Bargate, Lincoln
    Grave: N 1
  • Private Alec Smith 1611
    13th Kensington Bn
    London Regiment
    Died on 12th March 1915
    Son of Frederic and Mary Smith, of 26 Crowther Rd, South Norwood, London
    Native of Penge, Surrey
    Special Memorial B 2
Captain Arthur Prismall

Captain Arthur Prismall
13th Kensington Bn
London Regiment
Died on 14th March 1915 aged 53
Husband of Sarah Prismall, of 65 Loxley Rd, Wandsworth Common, London

Grave: S 2


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