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Prowse Point Military Cemetery

Location

Prowse Point Military Cemetery is located 11.5 Km south of Ieper town centre, on a road leading from the Rijselseweg N365, which connects Ieper to Wijtschate, Mesen, Ploegsteert and on to Armentières. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg. 2 Km after Mesen lies the left hand turning onto Rue St Yvon. The cemetery is located 600 m along this road on the right hand side.

Prowse Point Military Cemetery

 

Historical Information

Prowse Point Military Cemetery

The cemetery in the background is Mud Corner Cemetery

This cemetery is unique on the Salient for being named after an individual. It is the site of the stand by the 1st Bn Hampshire Regiment and the 1st Bn Somerset Light Infantry in October 1914, which featured the heroism of a Major Charles Prowse

Later as Brigadier-General C Prowse, DSO (Somerset Light Infantry), he would be killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, whilst commanding the 11th Infantry Brigade.

He is buried in Louvencourt Military Cemetery.

Prowse Point Military Cemetery

This cemetery was begun by the 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the 1st Royal Warwicks, and was used from November 1914 to April 1918.

The cemetery contains 221 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.

The cemetery was designed by W H Cowlishaw.

Prowse Point Military Cemetery

 

Prowse Point Military Cemetery

Soldiers from the 2nd Bn Dublin Fusiliers who died on 20th November 1914

Private J Gallagher 11692
Aged 19
Son of Myles and Ellen Gallagher
of Gortnalake, Creeslough
Co. Donegal
Private James McGuire 8545
Aged 44
Son of James and Mary McGuire
of Knockagar, Letterbarrow
Donegal
Private W Dunne 7190
Grave: II C 6 Grave: II C 6 Grave: II C 6

 


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