BELGIAN BATTERY CORNER
GENERAL DIRECTIONS: 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
"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
Plan of the cemetery
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