Artillery Wood Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery

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Artillery Wood
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Artillery Wood cemetery
Used for those deceased 1917–1918
Established 1914
Location 50°53′59″N 2°52′19″E / 50.8996°N 2.8719°E / 50.8996; 2.8719
near Boezinge, Ieper, West Flanders, Belgium
Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield
Total burials 1307
Burials by war
World War I: 1307 (of which 801 are identified)
Statistics source: CWGC

Artillery Wood Cemetery, near Boezinge, Belgium, is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery from the First World War.

The cemetery grounds were assigned to the United Kingdom in perpetuity by King Albert I of Belgium in recognition of the sacrifices made by the British Empire in the defence and liberation of Belgium during the war.[1]

Establishment[edit]

The cemetery was established in 1917 after fighting in the immediate area – the Battle of Pilckem Ridge – had moved away[2] and was used for burials until March 1918.[3]

At the point of the Armistice there were some 141 graves in the cemetery. Concentration from the battlefields and three smaller cemeteries (Boesinghe Chateau Grounds, Brissein House and Captain's Farm) enlarged this to the present 1,307.[3]

Notable burials[edit]

It is the location of the grave of Hedd Wyn (1887–1917), posthumous winner of the bardic chair at the 1917 National Eisteddfod, and of Francis Ledwidge (1887–1917), the Irish poet.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ First World War, accessed 19 August 2006
  2. ^ "Artillery Wood Cemetery". Webmatters.net. 1917-07-31. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  3. ^ a b Reading Room Manchester. "Cemetery Details". CWGC. Retrieved 2014-05-20. 
  4. ^ Ellis H. "Hedd Wyn" Evans at Find a Grave; Francis Edward Ledwidge at Find a Grave

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