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Dozinghem Military Cemetery


The cemetery is located to the north-west of Poperinge near Krombeke. From Ieper follow the directions to Poperinge along the by-pass. At the end of the by-pass at the traffic lights turn right into Oostlaan. Follow Oostlaan over the roundabout to the end of the road. Turn left into Veurnestraat and follow along here to the first turning on the right. (From Poperinge centre, follow the directions to Veurne along the Veurnestraat to the second turning on the left.) Turn into Sint-Bertinusstraat and follow this road up the rise and round a left hand bend. After the bend, take the right hand turning in the direction of Krombeke along the Krombeekseweg. Follow the Krombeekseweg past the De Lovie centre where the road name changes to Leeuwerikstraat and then past a cafe on the left. Approximately 500 meters after the café on the left, you will see a sign for the cemetery pointing to a track on the right into the woods. The cemetery is along here at the end of the track.

Dozinghem Military Cemetery


Historical Information

Westvleteren was outside the front held by Commonwealth forces in Belgium during the First World War, but in July 1917, in readiness for the forthcoming offensive, groups of casualty clearing stations were placed at three positions called by the troops Mendinghem, Dozinghem and Bandaghem.

The 4th, 47th and 61st Casualty Clearing Stations were posted at Dozinghem and the military cemetery was used by them until early in 1918.

Dozinghem Military Cemetery

There are now 3,174 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in the cemetery and 65 German war graves from this period. The cemetery also contains 73 Second World War burials dating from the Allied withdrawal to Dunkirk in May 1940.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Dozinghem Military Cemetery


Private Alfred Newman

Private Alfred Newman 11109
1st Regiment
South African Infantry
Died on 20th October 1917 aged 17
Son of Charles and Kate Newman
of Johannesburg, South Africa
Served also in German East Africa
Born London, England

Grave: XII G 2

Guardsman William McMullen

Guardsman William McMullen 10271
2nd Bn Irish Guards
Died on 22nd July 1917 aged 26
Son of William and Lucy McMullen
of Cackinish, Aghalane, Belturbet, Co. Cavan
Born Co. Fermanagh

Grave: I F 8

Brief life
Is here our portion

Lt Colonel Brian Phillpotts

Lt Colonel Brian Phillpotts DSO
Royal Engineers
Died on 4th September 1917 aged 43
Son of James and Marian Phillpotts
of The Ousels, Tunbridge Wells

Grave: V A 2

Private Michael Kennelly

Private Michael Kennelly 193093
15th Bn Canadian Infantry
48th Highlanders of Canada
Died on 8th November 1917 aged 28
Son of Martin and Ellen Kennelly
of 420, Catherine St. North, Hamilton, Ontario

Grave: XIV B 19

Captain Cosmo Grant-Peterkin

Captain Cosmo Grant-Peterkin
Scottish Horse – attached
1/5th Bn Gordon Highlanders
Died on 12th September 1917 aged 38
Son of J. and K. Grant-Peterkin

Grave: VII A 18

Major Cecil Shepherd-Cross

Major Cecil Shepherd-Cross
Duke of Lancaster’s Own Yeomanry
197th Coy Machine Gun Corps
Died on 15th October 1917 aged 39
Son of Herbert Shepherd-Cross, M.P., and Lucy
Husband of Meta Shepherd-Cross,
of Gate Helmsley House, York
Born Bolton

Grave: X I 6

“Nothing but well and fair
And what may quiet us
In a death so noble”

Private W Leahy

Private W Leahy 15/23314
15th Bn Cheshire Regiment
Died on 19th October 1917 aged 17
Foster-son of Mr. T. Traynor
of 57, Park St., Liverpool

Grave: IX E 2

A boy that was
Never forgotten
By Mr and Mrs Traynor
57 Park St Liverpool

German airman

Leutnant der Reserve Karl Schumm
Flieg Abt. 18
Died on 30th September 1917

Grave: XI B 9

Hauptmann Hans Speer
Flieg Abt. 18
Died on 30th September 1917

Grave: XI B 10


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