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Belgian Battery Corner Cemetery is located 2 km south west of Ieper town centre, on a road called Omloopstraat, a road leading from the Dikkebusseweg. From Ieper town centre the Dikkebusseweg (N375), is reached via Elverdingsestraat, straight over a roundabout onto J.Capronstraat (for 30 metres), then left along M.Fochlaan. Immediately after the train station, the first right hand turning is the Dikkebusseweg. 1.5 km along the Dikkebusseweg is the right hand turning onto the Frezenbergstraat. 200 metres further on the right hand side is Omloopstraat. The cemetery is located immediately on the right hand side of the Omloopstraat.

This cemetery occupies a site at a road junction where three batteries of Belgian artillery were positioned in 1915. The cemetery was begun by the 8th Division in June 1917 after the Battle of Messines (although one grave predates this) and it was used until October 1918, largely for burials from a dressing station in a cottage near by. Almost half of the graves are of casualties who belonged, or were attached, to artillery units. There are now 573 First World War casualties buried or commemorated in this cemetery. Seven of the burials are unidentified and special memorials commemorate three casualties known to have been buried in the cemetery, but whose graves could not be located.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Casualty Details: UK 431; Canada 7; Australia 125; New Zealand 8; India 2; Total Burials: 573







31419 Private

Frank Shawcross

"D" Coy. 8th Bn. South Lancashire Regiment

16/07/1917, aged 27.

Husband of Ada Davenport (formerly Shawcross), of 16, Top Row, Godley, Hyde, Cheshire.

Plot I. E. 1.


Picture courtesy of Peter Simpson, grandson of Frank's widow Ada, who re-married after his death


Those with awards buried/commemorated within this cemetery:

BARRACLOUGH, L/Cpl. James, M.M. 1st Bn. West Yorkshire Regt. Died 29th April 1918, aged 33. 2 K 7

BOWLEY, L/Cpl. Gilbert George, M.M. 2nd Bn. Worcestershire Regt., attd. 100th Trench Mortar Bty. Died 24th June 1918, aged 23. 3 B 14

BROOME, Bmdr. Albert Edward, D.C.M. 122nd Heavy Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 2nd Aug. 1917, aged 31. 1 J 13

BROWN, Sgt. J. J., D.C.M. 1/6th Bn. Duke of Wellington's Regt. Died 31st March 1918. 2 E 26

BURNHAM, Bmdr. Isaac Henry, M.M. and Bar. "D" Bty. 311th Brig. Royal Field Artillery. Died 30th Oct. 1917, aged 27. 2 A 21

DANIELS, Sgt. Howard Baker, M.M. 281st Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Bty. Died 23rd Aug. 1917, aged 38. 1. K. 13

FEWELL, Sgt. C. W., M.M. 148th Coy. Machine Gun Corps (Inf.) Died 8th Jan. 1918, aged 26. 2 G 13

FINCH, Gnr. A., M.M. 122nd Heavy Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 19th Aug. 1917. 1 J 7

GIBBS, Bmdr. Stanley, M.M. "D" Bty. 64th Brig. Royal Field Artillery. Died 5th Aug. 1917, aged 25. 1 K 4

HARVEY, Capt. William George, M.C. 1st Australian Pioneers. Killed in action 14th Sept. 1917, aged 25. 2 A 4

HATTON, Maj. Angelo Talbot, Mentioned in Despatches. 5th Brig. Australian Field Artillery. Killed in action 9th Nov. 1917. Native of Newtown, New South Wales. Spec. Mem. at 2. C. 23

INGLIS, Sgt. Andrew., M.M. 307153 1/8th Bn. West Yorkshire Regt. Died 4th Jan. 1918, aged 28. Husband of Alice Liddell (formerly Inglis), of 18, Argyle St., Gateshead. 2 G 11

JARVIS, Sgt. L., M.M. 2nd Bn. Worcestershire Regt., attd. 100th Trench Mortar Bty. Died 24th June 1918. 3 B 15

LARSEN, Pte. Harold Leslie, M.M. 3rd Field Amb. Australian Army Medical Corps. Killed in action 9th Nov. 1917, aged 22. 2 D 4

O'HEA, C.S.M. Daniel Patrick, M.M. and Bar. "D" Coy. 12th Bn. Highland Light Inf. Died of wounds 30th Sept. 1918, aged 26. 3 B 24

POULTON, Sgt. Oliver Victor, D.C.M. 15th Field Coy. Royal Engineers. Died 28th June 1917, aged 30. 1 C 1

PYE, Lt. Col. Cecil Robert Arthur, D.S.O. 19th Bn. Australian Inf. Killed in action 4th Oct. 1917, aged 27. 2 A 13

RHODES, L/Sgt. Cecil, M.M. 1/6th Bn. Duke of Wellington's Regt. Died 26th Dec. 1917, aged 21. 2 E 25

SANDY, L/Cpl. John Henry, M.M. 6th Field Amb. Australian Army Medical Corps. Killed in action 20th Sept. 1917, aged 21. 2 B 11

STEVENS, L/Sgt. A., M.M. 10th Bn. Cheshire Regt. Died 17th July 1917. 1 C 25

STILL, Sgt. Charles Haselden, M.M. 4th Bn. 3rd New Zealand (Rifle) Brigade. Killed in action 28th Sept. 1917. 1 N 7

SUNDERLAND, Lt. Col. Alfred Joseph Elton. Three times Mentioned in Despatches. 2nd Bn. Devonshire Regt. Killed in action near Railway Wood 31st July 1917, aged 42. Son of James and Florence M. Sunderland of Eggington Vicarage, Leighton Buzzard. 1 F 2

WALKER, Sgt. J., M.M. "B" Bty. 233rd Brig. Royal Field Artillery. Died 20th Sept. 1917. 1 N 14

Information collated by Barry Cuttell






Burials by Regiment/Unit        
Australian Forces 121   Royal Field Artillery 84
Royal Garrison Artillery 82   Durham Light Inf 24
Worcestershire Regt 23   Lancashire Fusiliers 20
Royal Engineers 18   Machine Gun Corps (Inf) 13
South Lancashire Regt 12   West Yorkshire Regt 12
South Wales Borderers 11   Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) 10
Border Regt 9   Cheshire Regt 9
Devonshire Regt 9   Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regt) 9
New Zealand Forces 8   Canadian Units 7
Norfolk Regt 7   Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders 5
King's Liverpool Regt 5   Leicestershire Regt 5
Manchester Regt 5   Hertfordshire Regt 4
Kings Royal Rifle Corps 4   Royal Welsh Fusiliers 4
Essex Regt 3   Middlesex Regt 3
Northamptonshire Regt 3   Royal Army Medical Corps` 3
Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt) 3   2nd Northumberland Hussars 2
King's Shropshire Light Inf 2   Queens (Royal West Surrey Regt) 2
Royal Army Service Corps 2   Royal Berkshire Regt 2
Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 1   Cameron Highlanders 1
East Lancashire Regt 1   East Surrey Regt 1
Gordon Highlanders 1   Hampshire Regt 1
Highland Light Inf 1   Labour Corps 1
Lincolnshire Regt 1   North Staffordshire Regt 1
Rifle Brigade 1   Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regt) 1
Royal Scots Fusiliers 1   Royal Sussex Regt 1
Seaforth Highlanders 1   South Staffordshire Regt 1
York & Lancaster Regt 1      
Identified Burials 564      
Unidentified Burials 8      
Total Burials 573    Information collated by Barry Cuttell