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Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Seaforth Cemetery, Cheddar Villa, lies 5 kilometres north-east of Ieper town centre on the Brugseweg (N313), connecting Ieper to Brugge. Two streets connect Ieper town centre onto the Brugseweg; Torhoutstraat leads from the market square onto the Kalfvaartstraat. At the end of Kalfvaartstraat is a large junction on which Brugseweg is the first right hand turning. The cemetery itself lies 4 kilometres along the Brugseweg on the left hand side of the road.

Historical Information

Seaforth Cemetery

Cheddar Villa was the name given by the Army to a farm on the west side of the road from Wieltje to St. Julien. On 25 and 26 April 1915, during the Battle of St. Julien, severe fighting took place in this area and the Commonwealth dead were buried on the spot.

The cemetery thus created was called Cheddar Villa Cemetery but its name was changed in 1922 at the request of the Officer Commanding the 2nd Seaforth Highlanders; more than 100 of those buried in the cemetery belonged to that battalion.

The bunker at Cheddar Villa

To the right of the cemetery lies Cheddar Villa. If you walk past the front of the building you can see this bunker which now forms part of the out-buildings

The cemetery contains 148 burials and commemorations of the First World War.

21 of the burials are unidentified and 19 destroyed by shell fire are represented by special memorials.

Collective Grave

Row A, Grave 8, and Row B, Grave 1, are collective graves, and the headstones connected with them are placed against the cemetery walls.

The names of 23 officers and men of the 2nd Seaforths who fell here, but are not known to be buried in the cemetery, are recorded on a tablet.

The cemetery was designed by W H Cowlishaw.


Seaforth memorial

Of the graves in this cemetery 99 are those of officers and men of the 2nd Battalion Seaforth Highlanders who fell in attacking St Julien on the 25th and 26th April 1915

In addition to those officers and men of the Battalion whose names are recorded on the headstones there fell also in the same action

Middleton WAA
Boyd WNL
McPherson H
Arbuckle A
Benson MJ

Cunningham J
Hampton J
Hendry J
Kennedy A
Kilroy TJ
Law J
Lees D
MacDonald M
McGregor A

McIver M
MacKay D
McLean R
McLemon J
Melville J
Raeside R
Reid G
Rennie R
Tweedie R


Gordon & Sutherland

Private C Gordon 3/8029, 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders
Died: 25 April 1915
Grave: C 4

Private A Sutherland 8999, 2nd Bn Seaforth Highlanders
Died: 25 April 1915
Grave: C 5