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Spoilbank Cemetery


Spoilbank Cemetery is located 5 Kms 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 km along the Rijselseweg lies the left hand turning onto Vaartstraat. The cemetery is located 1.6 km along the Vaartstraat on the left hand side of the road.

Spoilbank Cemetery


Historical Information

Spoilbank Cemetery (also known as Chester Farm Lower Cemetery or Gordon Terrace Cemetery) was begun in February 1915, and used by troops holding this sector until March 1918.

It is particularly associated with the casualties of the 2nd Suffolks on The Bluff early in 1916.

It was enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields of Ypres.

The cemetery contains 520 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 125 of the burials are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 11 casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Spoilbank Cemetery


Private F Ziegler

Private F Ziegler 602490
14th Bn Canadian Infantry
Québec Regiment
Died on 3rd June 1916

Grave: I R 12

Private Archibald Gardiner

Private Archibald Gardiner 5027
8th Bn The Queen’s
Royal West Surrey Regiment
Died on 5th November 1915 aged 17
Only son of John and Katie Gardiner,
of 177, Greenvale Rd., Eltham, London

Grave: I J 17

Drummer Sydney Green

Drummer Sydney Green 1579
5th Bn Cheshire Regiment
Died on 11th June 1915 aged 17
Son of John and Mary Green,
of 49, Lowerhouse, Bollington, Macclesfield

Grave: I G 13

His brother L/Corporal Charles Green
2nd Grenadier Guards died on the
14th September 1916 aged 20
Thiepval Memorial

Private R Reeves

Private R Reeves 19544
6th Bn Duke of Cornwall’s LI
Died on 8th October 1915 aged 15

Grave: I H 19

Private Willie Armstrong

Private Willie Armstrong 15304
8th Bn King’s Own
Royal Lancaster Regiment
Died on 28th November 1915 aged 17
Son of Letitia Long,
of 32, St. James St., Milnrow, Rochdale, Lancs

Grave: I D 26

Private A Austrin

Private A Austrin 7667
1st Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
Died on 23rd May 1915 aged 17
Son of John and Alice Ann Austrin,
of 78, Mill Rd., Cleethorpes, Lincs
Native of Grimsby

Grave: I C 6


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