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Maple Copse Cemetery


Maple Copse Cemetery is located 5 Kms south-east of Ieper town centre, a road leading from the Meenseweg (N8), connecting Ieper to Menen. From Ieper town centre the Meenseweg is located via Torhoutstraat and right onto Basculestraat. Basculestraat ends at a main cross roads, directly over which begins the Meenseweg. 2.5 Kms along the Meenseweg shortly after Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, lies the right hand turning onto Wulvestraat. 1 Km along the Wulvestraat is the left hand turning onto Schachteweidestraat. The cemetery itself is located 2 Kms along the Schachteweidestraat on the right hand side of the road.

Maple Copse Cemetery


Historical Information

The commune of Zillebeke contains many Commonwealth cemeteries as the front line trenches ran through it during the greater part of the First World War.

Maple Copse was the name given by the Army to a small plantation about 900 metres east of the village of Zillebeke, and just west of Sanctuary Wood.

The place was used by Advanced Dressing Stations and burials took place there both before and after the Battle of Mount Sorrel in June 1916. However, in that engagement, and in later fighting, the graves were mostly destroyed.

The site of the cemetery, on the north side of the copse, was enclosed after the Armistice, but of the graves known to exist there, only a small number could be definitely located.

Maple Copse Cemetery

The cemetery now contains 308 burials and commemorations of the First World War. Of the 78 burials that could be located, only 26 are identified and special memorials commemorate 230 casualties whose graves in the cemetery had been destroyed.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.


Private Raymond Burton

Private Raymond Burton 431142
Eaton’s Motor MG Corps
Died on 13th June 1916 aged 17
Son of Annie Burton
of 423, Helmcken St., Victoria, British Columbia
and the late Frank Burton

Grave: Special Memorial J 15

Private J Lee

Private J Lee 3351
8th Bn Durham Light Infantry
Died on 12th January 1916 aged 21

Grave: Special Memorial C 22

Lance Corporal Edgar Drury

Lance Corporal Edgar Drury 109122
4th Canadian Mounted Rifles
Died on 1st April 1916 aged 26
Son of George and Janet Drury
of Lisvane, Llanishen, Cardiff

Grave: I F 1


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