GENERAL DIRECTIONS: Vlamertinghe
Military Cemetery is located 5 Kms west of Ieper town centre, on the
Hospitaalstraat, which is a road leading from the Poperingseweg (connecting
Ieper to Poperinge).
Vlamertinghe Military Cemetery was started by French troops in 1914
and was taken over by Commonwealth forces in April 1915. It was used by
fighting units and field ambulances until June 1917, when the land adjoining
the cemetery was claimed for a military railway preventing further
Victoria Cross: Captain Francis Octavius Grenfell, VC, 9th (Queen's Royal) Lancers, died of wounds 24/05/1915, aged 35. Plot II. B.14. Son of Pascoe Du Pre Grenfell and Sophia, his wife. Educated at Eton, Francis became "Master of the Beagles" in 1898. On leaving Eton in 1899 he joined the 3rd (Militia) Battalion, Seaforth Highlanders. He saw service in the South African War.
An extract taken from the London Gazette dated 16th November, 1914 records the following:- "For gallantry in action against un-broken Infantry at Andregnies, Belgium, on 24th August, 1914, and for gallant conduct in assisting to save the guns of 119th Battery, Royal Field Artillery, near Doubon the same day."
Shot at Dawn: 29219 Driver Alexander Lamb 21st Battery, 2nd Brigade, Royal Field Artillery, executed for desertion, 02/10/1915. Plot II. E. 12.
Shot at Dawn: 12923 Private Albert Rickman, 1st Bn. Royal Dublin Fusiliers, executed for desertion 15/09/1916, aged27. Plot IV. D. 7. Son of Charles and Anne Rickman, of 4, Carrington Terrace, Milford-on-Sea, Hants.
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 1112; Canada 54; Australia 4; South Africa 2; India 3; Germany 3; Total Burials: 1178
A view across a field and past trees to the bomb damaged Vlamertinghe Church, by Geoffrey K. Rose, 24/08/1917.
© IWM (Art.IWM ART 4898)
Adrian Kingsley Dorrity
1st/10th Bn. The King's
(Liverpool Regiment) - Liverpool Scottish
20/04/1917, aged 21.
Son of George Alexander Dorrity, a bookkeeper and his wife Margaret Ellen (nee Thomas). His mother wrote of his death in the family Bible, “My youngest and dearly loved boy.”
Plot VI. G. 4.
Picture courtesy of Jackie Wilson, his great niece.
106389 Serjeant (Smith)
106th Bde. Royal Field Artillery
Plot VI. N. 8.
Remembered by great nephew, Terry Heard and the Heard family.