GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY

 

Poperinge

 

West-Vlaanderen

 

Belgium

 

GENERAL DIRECTIONS: Grootebeek British Cemetery is located 8 km west of Ieper town centre on the Bellestraat, a road leading from the N308 connecting Ieper to Poperinge via Vlamertinge. From Ieper town centre the Poperingseweg (N308), is reached via Elverdingsestraat then direct ly 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. On reaching the village of Vlamertinge take the left hand turning onto the Bellestraat, after crossing the N38 Ieper Poperinge road the cemetery lies a further 5 km along the Bellestraat which changes its name to Vlamertingseweg. The site is on the right hand side of the road in the hamlet of Ouderdom.

 

The village of Reninghelst was in Allied hands from the autumn of 1914 to the end of the First World War. From March 1915, Commonwealth burials were made in the Churchyard, the Churchyard Extension and the New Military Cemetery, but in April 1918, during the Battles of the Lys, a new cemetery was made by field ambulances and fighting units near the hamlet of Ouderdom, on the Poperinghe-Wytschaete road. It was originally called OUDERDOM MILITARY CEMETERY, but later renamed Grootebeek British Cemetery, from the stream (Grootebeek, or Groote Kemmelbeek) which runs beside it. It was used at intervals until the end of September 1915 and it absorbed a small Indian cemetery made on the spot in April 1915. The cemetery contains 109 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. One grave destroyed by shell fire is now represented by a special memorial, and another special memorial records the name of Pte J. Lynn, VC, who was buried in Vlamertinghe Churchyard but whose grave was similarly destroyed. The two Second World War burials date from May 1940 and the withdrawal of the British Expeditionary Force ahead of the German advance. The cemetery was designed by William Harrison Cowlishaw.

 

Victoria Cross: 1272 Private John Lynn VC. DCM. 2nd Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers, 02/05/1915, aged 27. Commemorated on the Vlamertinghe Churchyard Memorial within the cemetery. Cross of the Order of St. George, 4th Class (Russia). Foster son of Mrs. E. Harrison, of 20, Hindsley Place, Forest Hill, London.

Citation:

An extract from the "London Gazette," dated 29th June, 1915, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery near Ypres on 2nd May 1915. When the Germans were advancing behind their wave of asphyxiating gas, Pte. Lynn, although almost overcome by the deadly fumes, handled his machine gun with very great effect against the enemy, and when he could not see them he moved his gun higher up on the parapet, which enabled him to bring even more effective fire to bear, and eventually checked any further advance. The great courage displayed by this soldier had a fine effect on his comrades in the very trying circumstances. He died from the effects of gas poisoning."

 

 

CASUALTY DETAILS: UK 100; New Zealand 1; South Africa 1; India 7; Total Burials: 109

 

 

 

 

Buried within this cemetery:

 

ALI HAIDAR Havildar 2271 29/04/1915 52nd Sikhs (Frontier Force) Indian Indian. C. 1. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
ANDERSON, ROBERT Serjeant 344046 05/07/1918 30 Royal Garrison Artillery United Kingdom F. 6. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
BARCLAY, ALLAN HUNT Private 29723 25/04/1918 Auckland Regiment, N.Z.E.F. New Zealand B. 5. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
BARNETT, HORACE JOHN Private 17088 19/09/1918 31 East Surrey Regiment United Kingdom F. 13. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
BICKERDYKE, T Rifleman 265308 30/04/1918 West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) United Kingdom D. 6. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
BOHAN, C Serjeant 30396 26/04/1918 Royal Warwickshire Regiment United Kingdom A. 3. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
BRABNER, ARCHIEBALD Serjeant 42322 26/04/1918 18 Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) United Kingdom C. 9. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
BROWN, F W A Second Lieutenant 25/04/1918 Lincolnshire Regiment United Kingdom B. 14. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
CARTER, J J Private 18/1158 27/04/1918 Northumberland Fusiliers United Kingdom C. 3. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
CHILLINGSWORTH, CHARLES ALBERT Private 153749 21/09/1918 22 Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) United Kingdom H. 1. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
CHOULES, T Private 245965 12/09/1918 Durham Light Infantry United Kingdom G. 9. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
CHURCH, F G Private 25743 04/09/1916 The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) United Kingdom G. 7. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
CLUNIE, W H Second Lieutenant 06/04/1918 Royal Scots United Kingdom B. 4. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
COLLYER, E Company Serjeant Major 8616 29/04/1918 Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) United Kingdom E. 16. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
COOPER, R J Lance Corporal 403564 28/04/1918 Royal Army Medical Corps United Kingdom D. 8. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY

 

COULL, R G Gunner 217529 25/04/1918 19 Royal Field Artillery United Kingdom B. 11. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
CRACKNELL, F Gunner 169211 05/07/1918 Royal Garrison Artillery United Kingdom F. 4. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
CRUICKSHANK, JAMES Lance Bombardier 344026 05/07/1918 22 Royal Garrison Artillery United Kingdom F. 3. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
CUTT, THOMAS ALEXANDER Gunner 368049 05/07/1918 21 Royal Garrison Artillery United Kingdom F. 2. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
DAGLESS, P Private 242457 25/04/1918 Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) United Kingdom A. 10. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
DALY, JOSEPH JOHN Lance Corporal 10928 09/09/1918 24 The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) United Kingdom F. 10. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
DANIELLS, REGINALD Private 26724 26/04/1918 18 Royal Warwickshire Regiment United Kingdom A. 9. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
DAVIES, ALFRED Private 303010 26/09/1918 42 Manchester Regiment United Kingdom H. 5. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
DENYER, A. (DICK) Private 26101 30/04/1918 34 King's Shropshire Light Infantry United Kingdom E. 18. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
DUNN, A Private 771155 28/09/1918 Manchester Regiment United Kingdom F. 8. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
DURRANT, A Serjeant 168422 25/04/1918 22 Royal Garrison Artillery United Kingdom B. 10. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
EADY, CHARLES HAROLD Gunner 180473 29/04/1918 20 Royal Field Artillery United Kingdom E. 14. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
ELDER, J Private 42518 26/04/1918 Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) United Kingdom A. 7. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
FAROZ Sepoy 2663 29/04/1915 52nd Sikhs (Frontier Force) Indian Indian. B. 1. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
FARR, F Private 21810 04/09/1918 25 The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) United Kingdom G. 3. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY

 

FAULDING, JOHN Serjeant 240549 28/04/1918 West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) United Kingdom C. 11. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
FLAHERTY, MARTIN Private 4610361 28/05/1940 29 King's Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster) United Kingdom 1. G. 10. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
FORREST, T C Private 82261 12/09/1918 20 Durham Light Infantry United Kingdom G. 10. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
GRADY, W Private 62027 28/09/1918 Middlesex Regiment United Kingdom C. 1. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
GREEN, JOHN CLIFFORD Lance Corporal 42399 26/04/1918 19 Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) United Kingdom C. 8. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
GREGORY, FRANCIS JOSEPH Private 33534 30/04/1918 22 Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) United Kingdom E. 17. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
GUEST, THOMAS CYRIL Private 82181 12/09/1918 19 Durham Light Infantry United Kingdom G. 8. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
HARDER, JOHN CHARLES VICTOR Lieutenant 26/04/1918 22 Royal Field Artillery United Kingdom C. 5. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
HEMSLEY, ERNEST JAMES Second Lieutenant 04/09/1918 29 Royal Sussex Regiment United Kingdom G. 1. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
HULME, W Private 35491 30/04/1918 31 King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry United Kingdom E. 15. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
JACKSON, A E Corporal 231052 27/09/1918 31 Middlesex Regiment United Kingdom F. 9. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
KAYE, JOHN Private 33399 30/04/1918 18 York and Lancaster Regiment United Kingdom E. 12. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
KYME, WALTER ROBERT Lance Corporal 17125 27/04/1918 27 Lincolnshire Regiment United Kingdom C. 10. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
LALAK Naik 2544 27/04/1915 57th Wilde's Rifles (Frontier Force) Indian Indian. B. 2. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
LINGWOOD, HERBERT Private 65574 29/04/1918 19 Northumberland Fusiliers United Kingdom E. 3. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY

 

LINLEY, JOHN WILLIAM Private 5882433 28/05/1940 29 Northamptonshire Regiment United Kingdom 1. G. 12. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
LITCHFIELD, R C Private 78509 04/09/1918 18 The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) United Kingdom G. 2. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
LONG, E Serjeant 245432 04/09/1918 32 Durham Light Infantry United Kingdom G. 6. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
LONGBOTTOM, W Private 30768 15/09/1918 19 Queen's Own (Royal West Kent Regiment) United Kingdom F. 1. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
LYNN, JOHN Private 1272 02/05/1915 27 Lancashire Fusiliers United Kingdom Vlamertinghe Churchyard Memorial. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
MEDD, ALFRED WOOLDRIDGE Lance Corporal 24895 05/09/1918 37 The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) United Kingdom G. 5. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
MILES, JAMES Private 80168 23/04/1918 29 Royal Army Medical Corps United Kingdom A. 11. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
MILLION, JONAS Private 24544 01/05/1918 22 Durham Light Infantry United Kingdom E. 2. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
MILLSON, HARRY Rifleman 265771 30/04/1918 West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) United Kingdom D. 6. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
MOORE, HARRY Private 18771 03/05/1918 North Staffordshire Regiment United Kingdom C. 2. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
MORONEY, J A Driver L/20942 27/04/1918 Royal Field Artillery United Kingdom B. 12. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
MOWAT, ROBERT JAMES DUGALD Second Lieutenant 24/09/1918 29 Hampshire Yeomanry (Carabiniers) United Kingdom H. 8. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
MUHAMMAD ELAHI Sepoy 1761 27/04/1915 129th Duke of Connaught's Own Baluchis Indian Indian. B. 3. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
MUNSAFDAR Sepoy 290 27/04/1915 84th Punjabis Indian Indian. C. 2. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
MacDONALD, J B Private S/24140 28/09/1918 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders United Kingdom H. 4. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY

 

McARTHUR, DANIEL Private RR/1651 27/04/1918 24 South African Infantry South African D. 10. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
McCARTNEY, J Private 238134 30/04/1918 Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) United Kingdom E. 5. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
McGUIRE, J Private 4145 29/04/1918 Royal Scots Fusiliers United Kingdom E. 8. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
McNIE, W Private 24447 26/04/1918 Royal Scots Fusiliers United Kingdom C. 7. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
NORTHCOTT, R J Private 35497 26/04/1918 Royal Warwickshire Regiment United Kingdom A. 4. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
O'NEILL, DOUGLAS QUIRK Second Lieutenant 26/04/1918 27 Royal Warwickshire Regiment United Kingdom A. 8. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
ORRETT, CLAUD CECIL Lieutenant 25/09/1918 20 Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) United Kingdom H. 7. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
PATTISON, ARTHUR Private 146409 28/09/1918 22 Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) United Kingdom F. 12. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
PAWLEY, H Private 27403 26/04/1918 Royal Warwickshire Regiment United Kingdom A. 5. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
PAYNE, F Private 291717 25/04/1918 21 Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) United Kingdom B. 9. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
PEACE, H Corporal 241299 26/04/1918 York and Lancaster Regiment United Kingdom C. 6. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
PEARL, SIDNEY RIVERS Private PW/5108 06/09/1916 25 Middlesex Regiment United Kingdom F. 7. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
PEELING, ARTHUR WILLIAM Private 55079 22/09/1918 28 The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment United Kingdom H. 2. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
PERKINS, E Serjeant 33429 25/04/1918 Royal Field Artillery United Kingdom Sp. Mem. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
PHILLIPS, G H Private 36447 01/05/1918 19 King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry United Kingdom E. 6. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY

 

PHILLIPS, W Shoeing Smith 32655 30/04/1918 Royal Field Artillery United Kingdom E. 7. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
POLLARD, T J Private 51398 28/04/1918 Worcestershire Regiment United Kingdom B. 3. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
PORTER, A S Private 32602 27/04/1918 27 Royal Warwickshire Regiment United Kingdom D. 7. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
PRATT, A B Gunner 201528 26/04/1918 21 Royal Field Artillery United Kingdom B. 8. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
PRATT, DAVID Private 202095 30/04/1918 33 Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) United Kingdom E. 13. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
PRICE, H W Lance Corporal 154900 14/09/1918 34 Royal Engineers United Kingdom G. 11. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
RIVETT, A R Corporal 18019 28/09/1918 23 Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) United Kingdom H. 3. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
ROBERTSON, W C Private S/12612 25/04/1918 33 Seaforth Highlanders United Kingdom B. 7. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
ROGERS, E Private 62060 28/09/1918 22 Middlesex Regiment United Kingdom I. 1. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
ROWE, A S Private 152628 25/09/1918 Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) United Kingdom H. 6. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
SARDAR KHAN Sepoy 3084 29/04/1915 52nd Sikhs (Frontier Force) Indian Indian. A. 2. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
SHARIF KHAN Sepoy 3012 29/04/1915 56th Punjabi Rifles (Frontier Force) Indian Indian. A. 1. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
SIDEBOTTOM, J Gunner 80215 05/07/1918 Royal Garrison Artillery United Kingdom F. 5. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
SIMMONS, PERCY LEONARD Private 58986 28/09/1918 19 Middlesex Regiment United Kingdom D. 1. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
SIMPSON, GEORGE ALEXANDER Lance Corporal 21878 28/09/1918 26 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders United Kingdom D. 2. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY

 

SMITH, E Gunner 795905 30/04/1918 26 Royal Field Artillery United Kingdom E. 9. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
SMITH, G Lance Corporal 265864 01/05/1918 21 West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own) United Kingdom D. 6. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
SMITH, GEORGE ALAN CAMPBELL Captain 28/09/1918 22 Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders United Kingdom D. 3. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
SMITH, JOSEPH LEO Private 8841 25/04/1918 19 Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) United Kingdom B. 13. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
SOANES, FRANK LESLIE Rifleman R/38992 16/09/1918 20 King's Royal Rifle Corps United Kingdom F. 11. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
STEPHENSON, STANLEY Private 39141 27/04/1918 19 King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry United Kingdom D. 9. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
STOTT, WILFRED Private 35871 29/04/1918 19 King's Shropshire Light Infantry United Kingdom B. 2. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
STUART, D Private 35872 30/04/1918 King's Shropshire Light Infantry United Kingdom B. 1. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
SWORD, W Private 20003 26/04/1918 Royal Scots Fusiliers United Kingdom D. 5. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
TIMMS, A Private 7862 26/04/1918 Royal Warwickshire Regiment United Kingdom A. 1. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
TURNBULL, ARCHIBALD ELLIOT Corporal 42409 03/05/1918 28 Cameronians (Scottish Rifles) United Kingdom D. 4. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
TURNER, RICHARD DANIEL Private 130347 30/04/1918 23 Machine Gun Corps (Infantry) United Kingdom E. 10. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
WALKER, CHARLES ALBERT Driver 15446 30/04/1918 21 Royal Field Artillery United Kingdom E. 11. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
WALKER, WALTER Serjeant 240227 01/05/1918 20 York and Lancaster Regiment United Kingdom E. 1. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
WATERS, HARRY JOHN Private 45465 27/04/1918 21 Northumberland Fusiliers United Kingdom C. 4. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY

 

WHITTLE, SYDNEY JAMES Corporal 244176 26/04/1918 27 Royal Warwickshire Regiment United Kingdom A. 2. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
WILKES, HENRY ARTHUR Private 29715 26/04/1918 South Staffordshire Regiment United Kingdom B. 6. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
WOODS, WILLIAM CHARLES Lance Corporal L/11992 04/09/1918 36 The Queen's (Royal West Surrey Regiment) United Kingdom G. 4. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY
WOOLHOUSE, HIRAM Private 204225 26/04/1918 39 Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) United Kingdom A. 6. GROOTEBEEK BRITISH CEMETERY

 

 

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