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Toronto Avenue Cemetery


Toronto Avenue Cemetery is located south of Ieper off the N365 rue de Messines (Mesen in Flemish). From Ieper town centre take the Rijselstraat and follow this road to the roundabout with the inner ring. At the roundabout go straight over and keep following the main road in the direction of Mesen. Cross the railway and follow the road to the roundabout in Voormezele; at this roundabout take the second exit in the direction of Mesen. Follow the road through Wijtschate and through Mesen towards Armentières.

Approximately 2 Kms after Mesen there is a turning to the left called Section St.Yvon; at this turning there are several Commission direction signs. Turn left along Section St.Yvon and follow to the first cemetery on the right (Prowse Point Military Cemetery). Turn right past this cemetery and keep following the track to the entrance to the woods. Toronto Avenue Cemetery is located in the woods.

Please note, motor vehicles are not allowed in the woods. Follow the track into the woods and at the T junction turn left. The cemetery will be found at the end of this track.

Toronto Avenue Cemetery


Historical Information

Toronto Avenue Cemetery was named from one of the paths in Ploegsteert Wood, in which it is located.

The cemetery contains the graves of officers and men of the 9th Brigade (3rd Australian Division) who died in the Battle of Messines between 7th and 10th June 1917.

The cemetery contains 78 First World War burials, two of them unidentified.

The cemetery was designed by G H Goldsmith.


Lance Corporal Alfred Gardner

Lance Corporal Alfred Gardner 78
33rd Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 7th June 1917 aged 19
Son of James and Lydia Gardner, of Upper Manilla, New South Wales

Grave: A 6

Captain Francis Piggott

Captain Francis Piggott
36th Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 10th June 1917
Son of John and Mary Piggott, of 59, Cremorne Rd., Cremorne, New South Wales
Native of Sydney

Grave: End Row C


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