GENERAL DIRECTIONS: This cemetery is 7.5km North West of Ieper, take the Elverdingestraat from Ieper, then turn right onto Haiglaan, Veurneseweg (N8) is the continuation of Haiglaan. Upon reaching the village of Elverdinge take the N333 Steentjesmolenstraat (2nd left) and the cemetery is 1.3km on the left, with easy access and parking.
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: Private G. Watkins, 13th Bn. Welsh Regiment, executed for desertion 15/05/1917, Plot 3. C. 12.
Shot at Dawn: Private R. Hope, 1st Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers, executed for desertion 05/07/1917, 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