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Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetery

Location

Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetery is located 16 Km west of Ieper town centre on the N38, a road leading from the N308 connecting Ieper to Poperinge. From Ieper town centre the Poperingseweg (N308) is reached via Elverdingsestraat then directly over two small roundabouts in the J. Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a continuation of the J. Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. On reaching Poperinge the N308 joins the left hand turning onto the R33, Poperinge ring road. The R33 ring road continues to the left hand junction with the N38 Frans Vlaanderenweg. 4 Km along the N38 lies the right hand turning onto the Casselstraat, followed by an immediate left hand turning onto the Dodemanstraat. The cemetery is located 450 metres along the Dodemanstraat on the right hand side of the road. Visitors to this site should note a 150 metre grassed access path which is not suitable for vehicles.

Coming from France you cross the border at Abele (Note the Flemish spelling) taking the direction towards Poperinge and Ieper (Ypres in French). Almost immediately after passing through the former Douane Control Point you will probably see this small cemetery in the fields to your left. It is signposted to your left along a lane within a clump of trees.

Note that the road signs change format because the left hand side is Belgium and the right France. The filling station at the border has a good beer shop – beer and cigarettes are cheaper in Belgium. Fuel however tends to be cheaper in France so be aware that although the road is in France both filling station forecourts are in Belgium.

Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetery

 

Historical Information

The cemetery, which took its name from an aerodrome that was opposite the site, was begun by French troops in April 1918 (Plot I) and extended by Commonwealth forces in the following July and August (Plot II).

After the Armistice, the French graves were removed to other burial grounds and the resulting space was re-used to accommodate 25 Commonwealth burials (from April to August 1918) from the French Extension of Boeschepe Churchyard. Also, 84 American burials (Plot III), made between July and September 1918, were removed.

There are now 104 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in this cemetery.

The cemetery was designed by G.H. Goldsmith.

Abeele Aerodrome Military Cemetery

 


Captain Kingsmill Jones

Captain Kingsmill Jones DSO
Royal Army Medical Corps
Attached
The Buffs (East Kent Regiment)
Died on 2nd August 1918 aged 43
Son of Percival and Margaret Jones, of Dublin

Grave: II C 19

 

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