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Hagle Dump Cemetery

Location

Hagle Dump Cemetery is 7.5 Kms west of Ieper town centre on the Sint Pietersstraat, a road leading from the N308 Poperingseweg, 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. 6 Kms along the Poperingseweg, after passing through the villages of Vlamertinge and Brandhoek, lies the right hand turning onto Galgestraat. 1 Km along the Galgestraat lies a staggered crossroads. The cemetery lies 300 metres after this crossroads on Sint Pietersstraat.

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Hagle Dump Cemetery

 


Hagle Dump Cemetery
Known Unto God

Historical Information

Elverdinge was behind the Allied front line throughout the war, and Hospital Farm and Ferme-Olivier Cemeteries, both in the commune, were used in the earlier years for Commonwealth burials.

The cemetery, which was begun in April 1918, during the Battles of Lys, was named after a nearby stores dump. It was used by fighting units and field ambulances until the following October and was enlarged after the Armistice when more than 200 graves were brought into Plots III and IV from the battlefields of the Ypres Salient and the following cemetery :

  • Brielen Military Cemetery, which was close to the South side of Brielen village, contained the graves of 31 French soldiers, 16 from the United Kingdom and four Canadian, and was used from April 1915 to September 1917.

Hagle Dump Cemetery contains 437 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 139 of which are unidentified. The graves of 26 American soldiers, who fell in July-September 1918, and two French soldiers were removed to other burials grounds.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Hagle Dump Cemetery

Two German Soldiers

B Limberger
Feldartillerie-Regiment Nr 97
Died on 28th September 1918

Paul Richter
Ulanen-Regiment Nr 104
Died on 28th September 1918

 

Shot at Dawn

There are two executed soldiers within the cemetery.

Private Walter Dossett 45980
1/4th Bn York and Lancaster Regiment
Died on 25th June 1918 aged 22
Son of William and Lily Dossett, of Sheffield

Walter Dossett had been serving in the trenches since 1916 with a number of Machine Gun units before finally being transferred into the York and Lancaster Regiment.

During the German Spring Offensive of 1918 Dossett went absent from his battalion. He was eventually arrested and sent before a court martial; charged with desertion. Found guilty as charged he was shot on the 25th June 1918.

Grave: I E 7

Private George Ainley 202893
1/4th Bn King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Died on 30th July 1918 aged 20
Son of George and Alice Ainley, of 82 Randall St, Sheffield, Yorks

On the 28th January 1918 Ainley was tried for a self inflicted wound. Between then and his date of execution he went absent three times. His Commanding Officer’s note to the court that Ainley did not seem to have a sense of responsibility and was thus not of soldiering material can be thought of as ironic as Ainley could well have been a conscript and thus deprived of any choice in the matter.

Grave: II D 5

 

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