BRANDHOEK NEW MILITARY CEMETERY

 

Ieper

 

West-Vlaanderen

 

Belgium

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Brandhoek New Military Cemetery is located 6.5 km west of Ieper town centre, on the Zevekotestraat, a road leading from the N308 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 km along the N308, after passing the village of Vlamertinge and just beyond the church in the hamlet of Brandhoek lies the left hand turning onto the Grote Branderstraat. After crossing the N38 Westhoekweg, the first right hand turning leads onto the Zevekotestraat. The cemetery is located 300 metres along the Zevekotestraat on the right hand side of the road, beyond the N38 dual carriageway, which it is necessary to cross.

During the First World War, Brandhoek was within the area comparatively safe from shell fire, which extended beyond Vlamertinghe Church. Field ambulances were posted there continuously. Until July 1917 burials had been made in the Military Cemetery, but the arrival of the 32nd, 3rd Australian and 44th Casualty Clearing Stations in preparation for the new Allied offensive launched that month made it necessary to open the New Military Cemetery, followed in August by the New Military Cemetery No 3. Brandhoek New Military Cemetery contains 530 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 28 German war graves. The burials are of July and August 1917 and among them is the grave of Captain Noel Chavasse, VC and Bar, MC, one of only three men who have won the Victoria Cross twice. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Casualty Details: UK 512; Canada 6; Australia 11; India 1; Germany 28; Total Burials: 558

 

 

 

Victoria Cross: Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse VC and Bar, MC. Royal Army Medical Corps, attached 1st/10th battalion The King’s (Liverpool Regiment). 04/08/1917, aged 32. he is one of only three men to have won the Victoria Cross twice. Plot III. B. 15. Son of The Right Rev. The Lord Bishop of Liverpool, of The Palace, 19, Abercromby Square, Liverpool. His brother, Aidan also fell.

 

 

Citation: Extracts from “ The London Gazette “ dated 26th Oct. 1916 and 14th Sept. 1917 respectively, record the following. “ For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. During an attack he tended the wounded in the open all day, under heavy fire, frequently in view of the enemy. During the ensuing night he searched for wounded on the ground in front of the enemy’s lines for four hours. Next day he took one stretcher-bearer to the advanced trenches, and under heavy shell fire carried an urgent case for 500 yards into safety, being wounded in the side by a shell splinter during the journey. The same night he took a party of twenty volunteers, rescued three wounded men from a shell hole twenty-five yards from the enemy’s trench, buried the bodies of two officers, and collected many identity discs, although fired on by bombs and machine guns. Altogether he saved the lives of some twenty badly wounded men, besides the ordinary cases which passed trough his hands. His courage and self-sacrifice were beyond praise”.

 


Citation: “For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty, when in action. Though severely wounded early in the action whilst carrying a wounded soldier to the Dressing Station, Capt. Chavasse refused to leave his post, and for two days not only continued to perform his duties, but in addition went out repeatedly under heavy fire to search for an attend to the wounded who were lying out. During these searches, although practically without food during this period, worn with fatigue and faint with his wound, he assisted to carry in a number of badly wounded men, over heavy and difficult ground. By his extraordinary energy and inspiring example, he was instrumental in rescuing many wounded who would have otherwise undoubtedly succumbed under the bad weather conditions. This devoted and gallant officer, subsequently died of his wounds.”

 

 

 

 

36135 Private

Richard Broughton

8th Bn. The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment

02/08/1917, aged 31.

Son of Nancy and the late Richard Broughton, of 15 Trout Street, Burnley, Lancs.

Plot II. G. 3.

 

Prior to enlisting he worked for Mr. Harling. Furniture Dealer, Plumbe Street, Burnley.

 

 

 

 

L/686 Gunner

Arthur Baldwin

"C" Bty. 64th Bde. Royal Field Artillery

24/07/1917, aged 21.

Son of Mr T. Baldwin, 18, Cotton Street, Burnley.

Plot I. C. 1.

 

 

Those with awards buried/commemorated within this cemetery

 

 

ARMITAGE, Capt. F.R. D.S.O. Royal Army Medical Corps attd. 232nd Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Died 30/07/17. I.E.8.

BLACKBURN, Lce. Cpl. A.K ., S/1375, M.M., Medaille Militaire. 6th Bn. Cameron Highlanders. Killed in action 01/08/17. III.A.1.

CARRICK, Lt. J. Mentioned in Despatches. 6th Bn. Cameron Highlanders. Killed in action Died 31/07/17. III.A.2.

COOPER, Pte. M. , 2273, M.M. 6th Bn. Royal Irish Regt. Died 14/08/17. V.D.1.

COOPER, Bmdr. W.H. , 41917, M.M. 24th Bty. 38th Army Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Killed in action 28/07/17. I.E.3.

GRAHAM, Gnr. J.A. , 945, M.M
. “C” Bty. 82nd Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Died 11/08/17. V.C.9.

GRAY, Cpl. J. , 57008, Mentioned in Despatches
. “D” Bty. 110th Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Died 26/07/17. II.A.9.

HOARE, Serjt. J.W. , 137586, D.C.M. 171st Coy. Royal Engineers. Died 03/08/17. IV.C.2.

LEWIS, Pte. L. , 71080, D.C.M. 54th Coy. Machine Gun Corps. Died 12/08/17. V.E.17.

MOTION, Lt. S.H. , Mentioned in Despatches. 7th Bn. Northamptonshire Regt. Died of wounds 01/08/17. I.B.11.

PAUL, Maj. L.I.C. M.C. “D” Bty. 82nd Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Died 11/08/17. V.F.9.

POWER, C.S.M. E. , 6037, M.C. 2nd Bn. Royal Irish Regt. Died of wounds 08/08/17. III.E.5.

PRICE, Serjt. W., 33728, M.M. 59rh Bty. Royal Field Artillery. Died of wounds 11/08/17. W.F.5.

RUSSELL, Lt. Col. J.C. , D.S.O. 9th Hodson’s Horse Indian Army attd. 6th Bn. Cameron Highlanders. Died 31/07/17. III.A.3.

WALDRON, Lce. Cpl. W.H. , S.D./ 3503, M.M. 13th Bn. Royal Sussex Regt. Died 01/08/17. IV.C.11.

WALLS, Pte. G.H. , 49247, M.M. 13th Bn. Cheshire Regt. Died 13/08/17. VI.D.15.

WILLETS, Pte. B. , 240696, M.M. 1/5th Bn South Lancashire Regt. Died 01/08/17. II.D.13.

WILSON, Pte J.H. , 265630, M.M. 1/6th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders. Died 01/08//17. II.C.6.

Information collated by Barry Cuttell

 

 

Burials by Regiment/Unit    
Royal Field Artillery
117
  Royal Garrison Artillery
25
King's Liverpool Regt
20
  Royal Engineers
20
Royal Irish Rifles
18
  Cheshire Regt
16
Royal Army Medical Corps
15
  Machine Gun Corps (Inf)
13
Gordon Highlanders
12
  Loyal North Lancashire Regt
12
Royal Dublin Fusiliers
12
  Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
12
Australian Forces
11
  Lancashire Fusiliers
10
Cameron Highlanders
9
  Cameronians (Sco Rifles)
9
Royal Berkshire Regt
9
  Seaforth Highlanders
9
South Lancashire Regt
9
  Northamptonshire Regt
7
Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regt)
7
  Rifle Brigade
7
Worcestershire Regt
7
  Canadian Forces
6
Essex Regt
6
  Highland Light Inf
5
Royal Irish Regt
5
  Bedfordshire Regt
4
Buffs (East Kent)
4
  Connaught Rangers
4
Devonshire Regt
4
  Leinster Regt
4
Ox and Bucks Light Inf
4
  Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regt)
4
Royal Sussex Regt
4
  Royal Warwickshire Regt
4
Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derby Regt)
4
  Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
3
Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
3
  Border Regt
3
East Surrey Regt
3
  Gloucestershire Regt
3
Hampshire Regt
3
  King's Own Royal Lancaster Regt
3
King's Royal Rifle Corps
3
  Royal Army Service Corps
3
Royal Irish Fusiliers
3
  Royal Munster Fusiliers
3
Royal Scots (Lothian Regt)
3
  Royal Scots Fusiliers
3
Wiltshire Regt
3
  1st Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers)
2
Cambridgeshire Regt
2
  Duke of Cornwall's Light Inf
2
Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regt)
2
  Kings Own Scottish Borderers
2
Middlesex Regt
2
  West Yorkshire Regt
2
York and Lancaster Regt
2
  Yorkshire Regt (Green Howards)
2
16th Bn London Regt (Queens Westminster Rifles)
1
  18th Bn London Regt (London Irish Rifles)
1
1st Kings Edwards Horse
1
  3rd Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers)
1
5th Bn London Regt (London Rifle Brigade)
1
  9th Bn London Regt (Queen Victoria's Rifles)
1
9th Hodson's Horse (Indian Army)
1
  East Lancashire Regt
1
East Yorkshire Regt
1
  Hertfordshire Regt
1
Lincolnshire Regt
1
  Manchester Regt
1
Military Police Corps
1
  Royal Army Chaplain Dept
1
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
1
  Royal Flying Corps
1
Royal West Kent Regt (Queen's Own)
1
  South Wales Borderers
1
Suffolk Regt
1
  Welsh Regt
1
Identified UK Burials
528
     
Unidentified UK Burials
1
     
German burials
28
     
Total Burials
 557
   Information collated by Barry Cuttell