BLEUET FARM CEMETERY

 

Elverdinghe

 

West-Vlaanderen

 

Belgium

 

GENERAL DIRECTIONS: The cemetery is located to the north west of the town of Ieper near a village called Elverdinge, this is on the N8 road between Ieper and Veurne, 3 kilometres from Ieper. Driving into the village from Ieper go to the traffic lights and turn right, this street is called Steenstraat, and after 50 metres follow the street to the right, called Boezingsestraat. The cemetery is 500 metres along this street on the left hand side.

Bleuet Farm was used as a dressing station during 1917 Allied offensive on this front. The cemetery was begun in a corner of the farm and was in use from June to December 1917, though a few of the burials are of later date. Two graves were brought into the cemetery after the Armistice from isolated positions close by. There are now 442 First World War burials in the cemetery and nine from the Second World War, all dating from the Allied retreat to Dunkirk in May 1940.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.
 

 

SHOT AT DAWN: Private T. Hawkins, 7th Bn. Royal West Surrey Regiment (Queen’s), who was executed for desertion on 22/11/1917,  Plot II. B. 12.

 

SHOT AT DAWN: Private A. H. Westwood, East Surrey Regiment, he was executed for desertion on 23/11/1917, Plot II. B. 13.

 

SHOT AT DAWN: Rifleman F. N. Slade, 2/6th Bn. London Regiment, executed on 14/12/1917 for disobedience and buried in Plot II. B. 33.

 

The mass pardon of 306 British Empire soldiers executed for certain offences during the Great War was enacted in section 359 of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which came into effect on royal assent on 8 November 2006.

 

 

CASUALTY DETAILS: UK 437;  Canada 2;  South Africa 3;  Germany 1; Total WW1 Burials: 443. WW2 Burials: 9

 

 

 

British Tank at Elverdinghe, "C" Battalion, 11 September 1917

© IWM (Q 2845)

 

 

Battle of Pilckem Ridge 31 July - 2 August: The first wounded to come in lying on the ground at a farm at Elverdinghe. An observation balloon is rising in the background.

© IWM (Q 2632)

 

352819 Gunner

Walter George Bolton

243rd Siege Battery,

Royal Garrison Artillery

07/09/1917, aged 21.

Eldest son of Mr. H. J. and Mrs. M. J. Bolton, of Rose Cottage, Marchwood, Southampton.

Plot I. H. 54.

Walter was the son of Harry James Bolton and Mary Jane (Eldridge) and lived at Rose Cottage in Marchwood, Hampshire. He was eldest of six children. One of his two younger brothers, Sidney Frank also served in the Great War and survived. He died in 1987 aged 90. Walter's other brother Harry was my great-grandfather. Walter's grave and has been visited by his extended family and would like to personally thank all those who tend the cemetery for the care they take and the respect shown. It means a lot to us.

 

 

Picture and information courtesy of great, great niece Katherine Morgan

 

26961 Private

Leonard Gibbons

3rd Bn. Grenadier Guards

31/07/1917, aged 23.

Son of Francis Robert and Mary Eleanor Gibbons, of 13, Argyle St., Radford, Nottingham.

Plot I. H. 14.

 

 

 

 

R.G.A. at Elverdinghe. Loading a 6 inch gun at night. 22nd August 1917

© IWM (Q 2768)

 

 

Those with awards buried/commemorated within this cemetery

 

CARR, Spr. H. M.M. 253rd Tunnelling Coy. Royal Engineers. 19/12/17. II.B.37.

COLLEY, Serjt. H. D.C.M. 139154 253rd Tunnelling Coy. Royal Engineers. Died 25th October 1917. The DCM citation reads (London Gazette 15/12/16). For conspicuous gallantry in action. He worked at rescue operations under heavy fire in full view of the enemy, thereby saving the lives of three men who were buried. II.B.20.

FORSTER, Capt. T. F. Mentioned in Despatches. "B" Coy. 7th Bn. Durham Light Infantry. 31/10/17. II.A.48.

GOULD, Cpl. S. M.M. 35th Div. Signal Coy. Royal Engineers. 19/10/17. II.A.25.

HAWKINS, Cpl. F. Mentioned in Despatches. 2nd Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery. 12/09/17. I.E.35.

HOLLOWAY, Cpl. A. M.M. 2nd Bn. South Wales Borderers. 06/10/17. I.C.56.

LEWIS, Pte. M. M.M. 1st Bn. Irish Guards. 14/07/17. I.F.7.

MAYO, Serjt. H.F. D.C.M. Medal for Military Valour (Italy). 84th Bty. 11th Bde. Royal Field Artillery.11/08/17. I.F.23.

PARKES, Serjt. A.A. M.M. "D" Bty. 84th Bde. Royal Field Artillery. 03/09/17. I.H.9.

RANKIN, Gnr. R.N. M.M. "D" Bty. 84th Bde. Royal Field Artillery. 19/07/17. I.G.6.

SMITH, Spr. H. M.M. 79th Field Coy. Royal Engineers. 01/12/17. II.B.27.

SYNGE, Capt. F.P.H. M.C. 2nd Bn. Irish Guards. 29/07/17. I.B.18.

WHITEMAN, Capt. O.M. Mentioned in Despatches. 11th Bn. Royal Fusiliers. 22/10/17. II.B.14.

WILLIAMSON, C.S.M. D.C. Croix de Guerres (Belgium). "D" Coy. 2/4th Bn. South Lancashire Regt. 29/12/17. II.B.55.

Information collated by Barry Cuttell

 

 

Number of burials by Unit

Royal Field Artillery
76
  Grenadier Guards
52
Coldstream Guards
40
  Royal Garrison Artillery
40
Irish Guards
35
  Royal Engineers
35
Scots Guards
19
  Royal Army Medical Corps
13
Royal Horse Artillery
9
  Somerset Light Infantry
7
King's Liverpool Regt.
7
  Monmouthshire Regt.
7
South Wales Borderers
6
  Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt.)
6
York & Lancaster Regt.
5
  Manchester Regt.
5
Middlesex Regt.
5
  Sherwood Foresters (Notts. & Derby Regt.)
5
Border Regt.
4
  King's Own Scottish Borderers
4
Lincolnshire Regt.
4
  Cheshire Regt.
3
South Lancashire Regt.
3
  Hampshire Regt.
3
South African units
3
  Royal Army Service Corps
3
Cameron Highlanders
2
  West Yorkshire Regt.
2
Devonshire Regt.
2
  East Surrey Regt.
2
Guards Machine Gun Regt.
2
  Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regt.)
2
Northamptonshire Regt.
2
  Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
2
Machine Gun Corps (Inf.)
2
  4th Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish)
2
Gloucestershire Regt.
2
  Royal Welsh Fusiliers
2
Royal Flying Corps
2
  King's Own Royal Lancaster Regt.
2
Northumberland Fusiliers
1
  Highland Light Infantry
1
Essex Regt.
1
  Royal Irish Rifles
1
King's Royal Rifle Corps
1
  Northumberland Hussars
1
Royal Berkshire Regt.
1
  Canadian unit
1
Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
1
  Royal Newfoundland Regt.
1
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
1
  6th Bn. London Regt. (Rifles)
1
Durham Light Infantry
1
   
 
Identified UK & Commonwealth Burials
440
     
Unidentified UK Burials
1
     
German Burial
1
     
Total Burials
442
   Information collated by Barry Cuttell  

 

 

 

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