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Tancrez Farm Cemetery

Location

Tancrez Farm Cemetery is located 17 Km south of Ieper town centre, on a road leading from the Rijselseweg N365, which connects Ieper to Wijtschate 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 the village of Ploegsteert lies the left hand turning onto Chemin de la Blanche (Witteweg).

The cemetery is located by taking the first right hand turning from the Witteweg, past Motor Car Cemetery. At the end of this road the road turns to the left towards Touquet.

This junction has been modified into a roundabout in an unusual design. Turn right at the junction and you will come to the usual give way signs. It makes sense; just not immediately on seeing it.

The cemetery is located 500 metres along this road (Rue du Touquet) on the left hand side of the road.

Tancrez Farm Cemetery

 

Historical Information

The commune of Ploegsteert, which contains a large number of British War Cemeteries, remained in British hands during the greater part of the War, but it and the cemeteries were in German possession from the 10th April to the 29th September 1918.

The cemetery stands behind a rebuilt farm house where an Aid Post existed in the War. It was begun in December 1914 and carried on by Field Ambulances and fighting units until March 1918.

Tancrez Farm Cemetery

There are now over 300, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, a small number are unidentified and a special memorial is erected to one soldier from the United Kingdom who is known to be buried among them.

The Cemetery covers an area of 1 872 square metres and is enclosed by low red brick walls.

 


Private W Swift

Private W Swift 200578
2/4th Bn Loyal North Lancs Regiment
Died on 9th June 1917 aged 28
Son of James and Elizabeth Swift
of Longridge
Husband of Agnes Swift
of 10 Victoria St, Longridge, Preston
Welter-weight Boxing champion
of East Lancashire, 1908-1910

Grave: II H 10


Captain Robert O'Lone

Captain Robert O’Lone
2nd Bn Royal Irish Rifles
Died on 11th November 1915 aged 31
Son of John and Mary O’Lone, of Belfast
Husband of Gladys O’Lone
of 11, Grove Avenue, Twickenham, Middx

Grave: I G 14

 

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