GENERAL DIRECTIONS: Ferme-Olivier Cemetery is located 7 kilometres north west of Ieper town centre on the Steentjesmolenstraat, N333, a road leading from the N8 Veurnseweg 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, is the second left hand turning. The cemetery lies 1.3 kilometres along the Steentjesmolenstraat on the left hand side of the road.
This cemetery was widely used by Field Ambulances between 9th June 1915 and 5th August 1917, the 62nd, 9th, 11th, 129th and 130th Field Ambulances all being based here during this period. Throughout this time, the village of Elverdinghe, where the cemetery stands, was just within the range of the German Artillery, and a mass grave in Plot II Row E contains the remains of 37 men of the 3rd Bn. Monmouthshire Regiment who were killed whilst on parade by a single shell fired from a naval gun in Houthulst Forest on 29th December 1915. The graves in Plot III run in order of the date of death and show the successive occupations of Elverdinghe Chateau by the 38th (Welsh) Division, the Guards Division and units of the Royal Artillery. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.
Shot at Dawn: 8139 Private, George Watkins, 13th Bn. Welsh Regiment, executed for desertion 15/05/1917, Plot 3. C. 12.
Shot at Dawn: 23726 Private Robert Hope, (Served as Hepple,) "D" Coy. 1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, executed for desertion 05/07/1917, aged 23. Husband of Mrs. Hope, of 9, Moehans Row, Waterside, Londonderry. Plot 3. G. 12.
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 409; Germany 3; Total Burials: 412
1033 Lance Corporal
7th Bn. Duke of Wellington's
(West Riding Regiment)
06/08/1915, aged 21.
Husband of Emma Shaw, of 31, Stoneleigh St., Oldham, Lancashire.
Plot 1. H. 6.
Picture courtesy of David Howarth, great nephew of this soldier
"B" Bty. 75th Bde.
Royal Field Artillery
19/07/1916, aged 21.
Son of John and Mary Ann Aspden, of 232, Brunshaw Road, Burnley.
Plot 1. B. 10.
Herbert Edward Pollard
134th Army Troops Coy.
26/06/1917, aged 33.
Son of Mr and Mrs Spencer Pollard, 21, Colville Street, Burnley.
Plot 2. A. 10.
He worked as one of the engineers to the Municipal Board of Works for the city of Shanghai in China, and he was in the Far East for about seven years prior to returning home to enlist. Originally he was gazetted as Lieutenant into the 7th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment but later transferred to the Royal Engineers
Captain E. Mitchell wrote the following to Herbert's parents;
John William Bracewell
1st Bn. East Lancashire Regiment
09/08/1916, aged 22.
Plot 1. H. 12.
Son of Alice Bracewell, of 7, Middle Street, Bunkers Hill, Colne.
John (Jack) Halsted
1st/6th Bn. Duke of Wellington's
(West Riding Regiment)
22/07/1915, aged 24.
Son of John Archibald and Alice Halsted, of 22 Arkwright Street, Burnley, Lancashire.
Plot 1. I. 4.