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Chester Farm Cemetery


Chester Farm Cemetery is located 5 kilometres south of Ieper town centre, on the Vaartstraat, a road leading from the Rijselseweg (N365) connecting Ieper to Armentières.

From Ieper town centre the Rijselseweg is located via the Rijselsestraat, through the Rijselpoort (Lille Gate) and by crossing the Ieper ring road, towards Armentières and Lille. The road name then changes to Rijselseweg. 3 kilometres along the Rijselseweg lies the left hand turning onto the Vaartstraat.

The cemetery is located 1.5 km along the Vaartstraat on the left hand side of the road.

The entrance to the Palingbeek nature site is a few hundred metres further along the road. The Bluff and part of the Comines Canal which saw heavy fighting in 1914 are within the forest tracks. Continuing along the road and turning right at the end will bring you to the Hill 60 Memorial Site.

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Chester Farm Cemetery


Historical Information

Chester Farm was the name given to a farm about one kilometre south of Blauwepoort Farm, on the road from Zillebeke to Voormezeele. The cemetery was begun in March 1915 and was used by front line troops until November 1917. Plot I contains the graves of 92 officers and men of the 2nd Manchesters, who died in April-July 1915 and there are 72 London Regiment burials elsewhere in the Cemetery.

There are 420 Commonwealth servicemen buried or commemorated in this cemetery. Seven of the burials are unidentified, but special memorials commemorate six casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Chester Farm Cemetery


Private Alfred Bootham

Private Alfred Bootham 2236
2nd Bn Manchester Regiment
Died on 9th June 1915 aged 16
Son of Martha Ann Bootham
of 5, Grimshaw St., Gorton, Manchester

Grave: I A 8

Private H Bagshaw

Private H Bagshaw 2881
1/6th Bn Sherwood Foresters
Notts & Derbyshire Regiment
Died on 21st September 1915 aged 17
Son of Harriet Bagshaw
of 5, Railway Cottages, Whaley Bridge, Stockport

Grave: I B 5

Rifleman Ernest Miles

Rifleman Ernest Miles 592603
1/18th Bn London Regiment
London Irish Rifles
Died on 12th June 1917 aged 17
Son of William and Eliza Miles
of 55, Lumley Buildings, Pimlico, London

Grave: I K 33

Private M Joffe

Private M Joffe 530535
15th Bn London Regiment
Prince of Wales’s Own
Civil Service Rifles
Died on 7th June 1917 aged 20
Son of Louis and Betty Joffe
of 69, De Beers Rd., Kimberley, South Africa
Born at Singapore

Grave: III A 1C

Sergeant Samuel Caddey

Sergeant Samuel Caddey 950145
A Batery, 235th Brigade
Royal Field Artillery
Died on 17th June 1917 aged 20
Son of Samuel and Harriet Caddey
of 113, Flaxman Rd., Coldharbour Lane
Camberwell, London

Grave: III B 13

Dear Sam, you are far away
we think of you night and day
Peaceful may you sleep

2nd Lieutenant Ernest Swallow

2nd Lieutenant Ernest Swallow
6th Bn Middlesex Regiment
Died on 10th October 1917 aged 19
Son of Ernest and Florence Swallow
of 17, Warham Rd., Harringay, London
Demy of Magdalen College, Oxford

Grave: III G 8

Johann Bauer

Johann Bauer
German Army
Died on 18th February 1917

Grave: II H 2

Private James MacGillivray

Private James MacGillivray 448179
14th Bn Canadian Infantry
Royal Montreal Regiment
Died on 25th April 1916 aged 41
Son of James and Barbara MacKerracher MacGillivray
of Montreal

Grave: II D 18

A direct descendant
Of the young chief
That fell on Culloden field

Private Roy Riley

Private Roy Riley 132179
13th Bn Canadian Infantry
Died on 8th August 1916 aged 18
Only son of Alfred and Mary Riley
of 57, Wiltshire Rd., Brixton, London, England

Grave: I K 2

He like a soldier fell
For King and country
On 18th Birthday


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