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Gwalia Cemetery


Gwalia Cemetery is located 8.5 kilometres west of Ieper town centre on the Elverdingseweg (N333), a road leading from the Veurnseweg (N8) connecting Ieper to Elverdinge and on to Veurne. From Ieper town centre the Veurnseweg (N8) is reached via Elverdingsestraat, then turning right onto Haiglaan. Veurnseweg is a continuation of Haiglaan. 4 kilometres along the Veurnseweg (N8) in the village of Elverdinge, lies the left hand turning onto the N333 Steentjesmolenstraat. 4.5 kilometres along this road the cemetery will be located on the right hand side of the road.

Gwalia Cemetery


Historical Information

The cemetery was opened at the beginning of July 1917, in the period between the Battle of Messines and the Third Battle of Ypres. It lay among the camps in flat, wet country and was used by infantry units, artillery and field ambulances until September 1918.

In Plot I, Row H, are buried 14 men of the 9th Lancashire Fusiliers who were killed in the early morning of 4th September 1917, in a German air raid over “Dirty Bucket Camp.”

The cemetery contains 467 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Gwalia Cemetery


Corporal Watson Jamieson

Corporal Watson Jamieson 2188395
7th Bn Canadian Railway Troops
Died on 21st January 1918 aged 30
Son of Robert and Agnes Jamieson
of Glasgow

Grave: II E 20

Lt Colonel Percy Beresford

Lt Colonel Percy Beresford
2/3rd Bn London Regiment
Royal Fusiliers
Died on 26th October 1917 aged 42
Son of Frank and Jessie Beresford
Assistant Priest of St. Mary’s Church, Westerham, Kent
Founder of the Westerham and Chipstead Cadet Corps
4th Bn. “The Queen’s Own
Royal West Kent Regiment 1st Cadets, Kent.

Grave: II E 9

Private J O'Hanlon

Private J O’Hanlon 23684
1st Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers
Died on 27th April 1918

Grave: II F 1

German Soldiers

Martin Lindner
Bayer 7 Infanterie Regiment
Died on 17th August 1917

Grave: II H 1

Heinrich Hain
Bayer 7 Infanterie Regiment
Died on 16th August 1917

Grave: II H 2


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