CANADA FARM CEMETERY

 

Ieper

 

West-Vlaanderen

 

Belgium

 

General Directions: Canada Farm Cemetery is located 8.5 kilometres north-west of Ieper town centre, on the Elzendammestraat, a road leading from the Veurnseweg (N8) connecting Ieper to Elverdinge and on to Veurne. From Ieper town centre the Veurnseweg (N8) is reached via Elverdingsestraat, then turning right onto Haiglaan. Veurnseweg is a continuation of Haiglaan. On reaching the village of Elverdinge the Steentjesmolenstraat, N333, leads towards Poperinge. 2 kilometres along the Steentjesmolenstraat lies the right hand turning onto Elzendammestraat. The cemetery itself is located 1 kilometre along the Elzendammestraat on the right hand side of the road.

Canada Farm Cemetery took its name from a farmhouse used as a dressing station during the 1917 Allied offensive on this front. Most of the burials are of men who died at the dressing station between June and October 1917. There are now 907 First World War burials in the cemetery. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

 

Victoria Cross: Corporal James Llewellyn Davies VC, 13th Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers, Died of Wounds 31st July 1917. He is buried in Plot II Row B 18.

Citation: An extract from the supplement to “London Gazette” N° 30272, dated 6th September 1917:“ For most conspicuous bravery during an attack on the enemy’s line, this non-commissioned officer pushed trough our own barrage and single-handed attacked a machine gun emplacement, after several men had been killed in attempting to take it. He bayoneted one of the machine gun crew and brought in another man, together with the captured gun. Cpl. Davies, although wounded, then led a bombing party to the assault of a defended house, and killed a sniper who was harassing his platoon. This gallant non-commissioned officer has since died of wounds received during the attack.”

 

Casualty Details: UK 898; Canada 9; Total Burials: 907

 

 

225684 Corporal

Joseph Calderbank MM, M. I. D.

309th Road Construction Coy.

Royal Engineers

08/10/1917, aged 37.

Husband of Edith Calderbank, of 32, School Lane, Upholland, Wigan.

Plot III. A. 34.

 

 

Picture courtesy of grandson, David Johnson

 

68269 Serjeant

Francis Gerald Batt

26th Bty. 17th Bde.

Royal Field Artillery

19/09/1917, aged 23.

Son of James and Kate Batt, of Fairhaven Cottage, Batheaston, Bath, Som. Native of Bath.

Plot III. C. 21.

 

 

Those with awards buried/commemorated within this cemetery

BALFOUR, Maj. J.M. M.C. “C” Bty. 91st Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Died 06/10/17. III.D.7.

BLUNT, Ftr. Cpl. J. M.M. 30th Bty Royal Field Artillery. Died 29/03/18. III.H.5.

BRIGHTMORE, Serjt. H. M.M. Scots Guards. Died 04/07/17. I.A.5.

CALDERBANK, Cpl. J. M.M. Mentioned in Despatches. 309th Road Construction Coy. Royal Engineers. Died 08/10/17. III.A.34.

CLOW, Serjt. W.I. D.C.M. 145th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 29/07/17. II.B.3.

DYER, Capt. Sir John Swinnerton, Bt. M.C. 1st Bn. Scots Guards, attd. D.A.Q.M.Q. Guards' Div. Died 31/07/17. II.E.6. Bart. Husband of Lady Maude Dyer, of Halstead Place, Halstead, Kent.
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EGGLETON, Maj. F.  Mentioned in Despatches. 13th Bty. 17th Bde Royal Field Artillery. Died 21/10/17. III.F.1.

FAIR, Maj. Arthur Edward Balfour. Mentioned in Despatches. 122nd Brigade Royal Field Artillery. Killed in Action: 16th August 1917, aged 43 years. Third son of the late John Fair and of Mrs Fair, of Wilderton, Bournemouth. Attended Royal Military Academy, Woolwich. Married, in 1899, Madeline, daughter of the late George John Fenwick, of Crag Head, Bournemouth, 2 daughters. Major Fair received his commission in the Royal Artillery in 1894, becoming captain in 1900. He fought in the South African War and retired in 1903. In August 1914, he received a commission in the remounts and went out to France at once. He was M.I.D. in the spring of 1917. On 16th August 1917, his Battery had taken part in an important operation at Langemarck, and after the objective had been obtained, he was killed instantaneously by a direct hit. His Colonel wrote: "His sense of duty must indeed have been high. I had said the same thing when he joined, as he gave up a comfortable staff billet in order to take a Battery. All who knew him had the greatest admiration for his most conspicuous gallantry and his many other fine qualities" II. C. 1.

FARQUHAR, Lt. R M.C. 4th Bn. Grenadier Guards. Died 17/09/17. III.C.1.

FERGUSON, Maj. P.H. M.C. “D” Bty. 152nd Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Died 22/10/17. III.F.2.

FERRY, Gnr. G.W. M.M. “A” Bty. 75th Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Died 07/09/17. III.B.12.

GREENSHIELDS-LEADBETTER, Maj. Alan Edmounstone. Mentioned in Despatches. “L” Bty. 15th Bde. Royal Horse Artillery. Died 4th August 1917. Son of Thomas Greenshields-Leadbetter, of Spital Tower, Denholm, Co. Roxburghshire. II.E.22.

GREER, Lt. Col. E.B. M.C. 2nd Irish Guards. Died 31/07/17. II.E.2.

GREGGE-HOPWOOD, Lt. Col. E.B.G. D.S.O. 1st Bn. ColdstreamGuards. Died 20/07/17. I.F.1.

HALE, Serjt. W. M.M. “B” Bty. 76th Army Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Died 22/10/17. III.E.23.

HILL , Lt. R.G. M.C. Royal Army Medical Corps attd. 1st Bn Coldstream Guards. Died 11/10/17. III.D.21.

HOLMES, Bmdr. T. M.M. X36th Trench Mortar Bty. Royal Field Artillery.Died 26/09/18. IV.B.9.

IVATTS, 2nd Lt. S. M.C. “B” Bty 93rd Army Bde Royal Field Artillery. Died 08/10/17. Age 23. Son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Ivatts. III.D.9.

KING, Pte. W. (Billy) M.M. 2nd Bn. Scots Guards. Died 11/10/17. III.D.35.

KNOWLING, Capt. F.J.D. M.C. 10th Bn. Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders. Died 08/03/18. III.G.37.

LOUGHLIN, Act. Bmdr. H.L. M.M. “C” Bty. 293rd Army Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Died 06/10/17. III.F.19.

LUTYENS, Maj. L.G. M.C
. 123rd Bty. 28th Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Served in France from August 1914 until he was killed in action at Langemark 06/01/18. Age 28. Was the first to get his Battery over Vimy Ridge. III.G.3.

LYNCH, Serjt. R. M.M. 50th Bty Royal Field Artillery. Died 06/01/18. III.D.25.

MCCARTHY, Serjt. M.J. M.M. “D” Coy. 1st Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers Died 05/10/17. II.D.23.

MCILVEEN, C.S.M. W. D.C.M. and Bar. 15th Bn. Royal Irish Rifles. Died 06/05/18. IV.A.22.

MCLAUGHLIN, B.Q.M.S. J. M.M. 88th Siege Bty. Royal Garrison Artillery. Died 27/04/18. IV.A.25.

MAITLAND, Maj. K.A.R. M.C. and Bar. “A” Bty. 76th Army Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Died 04/10/17. III.D.6.

MORGAN, Maj. E.C. M.C. 76th Army Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Died 29/09/17. III.D.1.

MORRIS, Lt. F.G.G. D.S.O
. 1st Bn. Border Regt.; attd 16th Bn. Middlesex Regt. Died 16/08/17. Age 48. Son of Maj. Gen. Robert Morris (Indian Army) and Sarah Morris of Devonshire; husband of Mabel Morris. II.H.1.

PETER, Capt. A..G. M.C. Royal Army Medical Corps attd. 1st/6th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders. Died 05/07/17. I.A.13.

RIDKEY, Capt. H.L. M.C
. 1st Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers. Died 15/07/17. I.D.17.

RODGERS, Capt. J. Mentioned in Despatches, Médaille Militaire (France). Died 08/03/18. II.G.13.

SHEKURY, Lt. C. M.C. 2nd Bn. Bedfordshire Regt. Died 16/04/18. III.H.3.

SMITH, Serjt. H. M.M. “C” Bty. 121st Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Died 15/08/17. II.F.24.

WARDMAN, Cpl. W. M.M. 183rd Tunnelling Coy. Royal Engineers. Died 31/07/17. II.B.12.

WEDD, Capt. E.P.W. M.C. Essex Yeomanry attd. Royal Army Medical Corps. Died 13/07/18. IV.B.12.

WELLS-COLE, Maj. N.W. Mentioned in Despatches. 28th Bde. Royal Field Artillery. Educated Hindhead, Winchester and Woolwich R.M.A. Died 06/01/18. III.G.2.

WICKS, Serjt. P.J. D.C.M. “Z” Bty. Royal Horse Artillery. Died 24/10/17. III.E.29.

Information collated by Barry Cuttell
 

 

 

Number of burials by Unit

Royal Field Artillery
301
  Royal Garrison Artillery
108
Royal Engineers
66
  Coldstream Guards
39
Grenadier Guards
35
  Welsh Guards
29
Royal Horse Artillery
23
  Scots Guards
20
British West Indies Regt
19
  Royal Army Medical Corps
17
Royal Army Service Corps
16
  Irish Guards
15
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
13
  Royal Irish Rifles
12
King's Own Yorkshire Light Inf
9
  Lancashire Fusiliers
9
Machine Gun Corps (Inf)
9
  Border Regt
8
Queens (Royal West Surrey Regt)
8
  Dorsetshire Regt
7
Durham Light Inf
7
  Gloucestershire Regt
6
King's Liverpool Regt
6
  Royal Fusiliers (City of London Regt)
6
Welsh Regt
6
  Yorkshire Regt (Green Howards)
6
Canadian Units
5
  Middlesex Regt
5
Cheshire Regt
4
  Devonshire Regt
4
Highland Light Inf
4
  King's Royal Rifle Corps
4
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
4
  Royal Newfoundland Regt
4
Royal Welsh Fusiliers
4
  South Wales Borderers
4
West Yorkshire Regt
4
  Kings Shropshire Light Inf
3
Royal Berkshire Regt
3
  Royal Dublin Fusiliers
3
Royal Flying Corps/.R.A.F.
3
  Royal Scots (Lothian Regt)
3
York & Lancaster Regt
3
  Bedfordshire Regt
2
Cameron Highlanders
2
  Essex Regt
2
Lancashire Hussars Yeomanry
2
  Leicestershire Regt
2
Northumberland Fusiliers
2
  Rifle Brigade
2
Somerset Light Infantry
2
  12th Bn London Regt (The Rangers)
1
16th Bn London Regt (Queens Westminster Rifles)
1
  Cameronians (Sco Rifles)
1
Duke of Cornwall's Light Inf
1
  East Surrey Regt
1
Essex Yeomanry
1
  Gordon Highlanders
1
Guards Machine Gun Regt
1
  Hampshire Regt
1
Hertfordshire Regt
1
  King's Own Scottish Borderers
1
Labour Corps
1
  Manchester Regt
1
Military Police Corps
1
  Monmouthshire Regt
1
South Staffordshire Regt
1
  Ox and Bucks Light Inf
1
Royal Army Ordnance Corps
1
  Royal Bucks Hussars
1
Royal Warwickshire Regt
1
  Royal West Kent Regt (Queens Own)
1
Seaforth Highlanders
1
  Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys)
1
South Irish Horse
1
  Suffolk Regt
1
Worcestershire Regt
1
     
Identified Burials
907
     
Unidentified Burials
0
     
Total Burials
907
   Information collated by Barry Cuttell

 

Plan of the cemetery

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