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Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery

Location

Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery is located 6 km south-west of Ieper town centre, on the Molenstraat, a road branching from the Kemmelseweg (joining Ieper to Kemmel N331). From Ieper town centre the Kemmelseweg is reached via the Rijselsestraat, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort), and straight on towards Armentières (N365). 900 metres after the crossroads is the right hand turning onto the Kemmelseweg (made prominent by a railway level crossing). 5 km along the Kemmelseweg lies the right hand turning onto Vierstraat.

There are four CWGC cemeteries in this immediate area. All are well sign posted from the main road.

A kilometre along the Vierstraat lies Kemmel No.1 French Cemetery. 100 metres past this cemetery is a road on the left called Molenstraat. Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery is located 30 metres along the Molenstraat on the right hand side of the road.

Klein Vierstraat British Cemetery

 

Historical Information

The village of Kemmel and the adjoining hill, Mont Kemmel, were the scene of fierce fighting in the latter half of April 1918, in which both Commonwealth and French forces were engaged.

The cemetery was begun in January 1917 and Plots I to III were made by field ambulances and fighting units before the middle of January 1918. Plot IV was begun in April 1918.

Klein Vierstraat British Cemetery

After the Armistice, graves were brought into Plot I, Row H, and Plots IV to VII, from two smaller cemeteries (Ferme Henri Pattyn-Vanlaeres, Poperinge and Mont-Vidaigne Military Cemetery, Westoutre) and from the battlefields of Dikkebus, Loker and Kemmel.

Klein-Vierstraat British Cemetery now contains 804 First World War burials, 109 of them unidentified.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

 


Lt Colonel Ernest Slade

Lt Colonel Ernest Slade DSO MC
4th Bn attached to the 8th Bn Gloucestershire Regiment
Died on 4th May 1918 aged 29
Son of Mrs Hannah Slade
of Hazlemere, 18, Cotham Park, Bristol

Grave: IV D 10


Major James Catley

Major James Catley
Honourable Artillery Company
Attached: Royal Field Artillery
Died on 12th September 1917 aged 30
Son of James and Annie Catley
of Aisholt, Bridgwater, Somerset
Native of London

Grave: III B 19

Au revoir


Captain P Marlow

Captain P Marlow
6th Bn Wiltshire Regiment
Died on 7th June 1917

Grave: II B 26

 

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