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Irish House Cemetery


Irish House Cemetery is located 7.5 km south of Ieper town centre on the Savaartlindestraat, a road leading from the N365 connecting 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.

On reaching the village of Wijtschate the first right hand turn onto the Hospicestraat leads to the village square. The Wijtschatestraat leads from the village square towards Kemmel. 2 km along the Wijtschatestraat lies the right hand turning onto Savaardlindestraat.

You will have just passed the Peckam Farm crater on your left.

The cemetery itself is located 800 metres along the Savaardlindestraat on the right hand side of the road.

Irish House Cemetery


Historical Information

The cemetery owes its name to a small farmhouse 90 metres to the west, known to the troops as Irish House.

It was begun in June 1917 by the 16th (Irish) Division, and used at intervals until September 1918.

In Row A are the graves of 33 Officers and men of the 1st Gordon Highlanders, killed in action in December 1914 in the 3rd Division’s attack on Wytschaete, and reburied here by the 11th Royal Irish Rifles in June 1917.

The ground was in German hands from April 1918 to the end of the following August.

The cemetery contains 117 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 40 of the burials are unidentified but there is a special memorial to one casualty known to be buried in the cemetery.

The cemetery was designed by W H Cowlishaw.


Irish House Cemetery

Thirty Non-Commissioned Officers and Men
Of The Great War
1st Bn Gordon Highlanders
Died on 14th December 1914

Grave: A 31

Rifleman W Nisbet

Rifleman W Nisbet 19/175
14th Bn Royal Irish Rifles
Died on 7th June 1917

Grave: B 16

Private Michael Small

Private Michael Small 5802
1st Bn Royal Munster Fusiliers
Died on 7th June 1917 aged 29
Son of Patrick and Katie Small

Grave: B 14


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