DUHALLOW A.D.S. CEMETERY
GENERAL DIRECTIONS: The Cemetery is located on the Diksmuidseweg, N369 road, in the direction of Boezinge. From Ieper station turn left into M.Fochlaan and go to the roundabout, turn right and go to the next roundabout. Here turn left and drive to the next roundabout, where you should turn right into Oude Veurnestraat. Take the second turning on the left which is the Diksmuidseweg. The cemetery is on the right hand side of the road just past the first turning on the right.
Duhallow Advanced Dressing Station, believed to have been named after a southern Irish hunt, was a medical post 1.6 kilometres north of Ypres (now Ieper). The cemetery was begun in July 1917 and in October and November 1918, it was used by the 11th, 36th and 44th Casualty Clearing Stations. The cemetery contains many graves of the artillery and engineers and 41 men of the 13th Company Labour Corps, killed when a German aircraft dropped a bomb on an ammunition truck in January 1918, are buried in Plot II. After the Armistice, the cemetery was enlarged when graves were brought into this cemetery from isolated sites and a number of small cemeteries on the battlefields around Ypres. Special memorials commemorate a number of casualties known to have been buried in two of these cemeteries, Malakoff Farm Cemetery, Brielen, and Fusilier Wood Cemetery, Hollebeke, whose graves were destroyed by shellfire. There are now 1,544 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery, 231 of the burials unidentified. There are also 57 war graves of other nationalities, mostly German, and one Commonwealth burial of the Second World War, which dates from the Allied withdrawal ahead of the German advance of May 1940.
The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield
Shot at Dawn: Private J. Seymour, 2nd Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, executed for desertion on 24/01/1918, Plot 3. F. 10.
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 1470; Canada 38; Australia 26; New Zealand 6; South Africa 3; India 1; Germany 54; Belgium 1; France 2; Total Burials: 1601
Harold Victor Atkinson, MM
15th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers
25/12/1917, aged 20.
Son of Ernest and Florence Atkinson, of 18, Mansergh St., Burnley, Lancs. Native of Manchester. Brother to Roy and Herbert who both survived.
Plot II. E. 7.
Military Medal Citation - in the book 'The Lancashire
Fusiliers' Pg. 277 "Much individual good work had contributed to the
battalion's achievement. The Military Medal was awarded to 2 runners,
Privates H. V. Atkinson & G. Beardsall, for gallantry in carrying messages
Picture courtesy of great niece, Alison Ford