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Voormezele Enclosure Nos 1 and 2


Voormezele Enclosure No 3 is located 4 kilometres south-west of Ieper town centre on the Ruusschaartstraat, a road leading from the Kemmelseweg (Connecting Ieper to Kemmel N331).

From Ieper town centre the Kemmelseweg is reached via the Rijselsestraat, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and straight on towards Armentières (N365). 900 metres after the crossroads is the right hand turning onto the Kemmelseweg (immediately before the level crossing).

Turn right onto the Kemmelseweg and follow this road to the first crossroads, turn left here into Ruusschaartstraat. The Cemetery is located 1 kilometre after this junction on the left hand side of the road just before Voormezele Dorp.

You will pass Enclosure No 3 on your left just before arriving at Nos 1 and 2.

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Voormezele Enclosures Nos. 1 and 2


Historical Information

The Voormezele Enclosures (at one time four in number, but now reduced to three) were originally regimental groups of graves, begun very early in the First World War and gradually increased until the village and the cemeteries were captured by the Germans after very heavy fighting on 29 April 1918.

No 1 and No 2 are now treated as a single cemetery.

Enclosure No 1, Plot I of the current cemetery, was begun by the 28th Division in March 1915 and carried on by the 17th, 3rd and other Divisions (and later by the Artillery) until April 1918. A few graves in Row N were added by the Germans, and a few more by Commonwealth forces in September and October 1918. One grave was brought into Row F after the Armistice from a position in the village.

Enclosure No 2, now Plot II, was begun in March 1915 and used until April 1917. After the Armistice, 42 graves from Enclosure No 4 were brought into Row B, C and D. Enclosure No 4 was begun by the French 3rd Regiment of Zouaves in December 1914 and used by the 4th Rifle Brigade and other Commonwealth units from January to November 1915.

There are now 593 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery.

40 of the burials are unidentified and 19 graves destroyed by shell fire are represented by special memorials. Other special memorials record the names of two casualties buried in Enclosure No 4 whose graves were also destroyed.

The cemetery also contains six German war graves. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.


Sheffield and Pinder

Lance Corporal Ernest Sheffield 78515 Gunner Philip Pinder 202002
H Bn Tank Corps
Died on 16th October 1917
aged 19
Son of Arthur and Florence Pinder
of 91 Hale Rd, Walton, Liverpool
Grave: I L 14 Grave: I L 15

Lieutenant William Shields

Lieutenant William Shields
45th Sqdn Royal Flying Corps
Died on 5th September 1917 aged 28
Son of Samuel and Sarah Shields
of 33, Upper Frank St, Belfast

Grave: I H 41


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