Brandhoek New Military Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery

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Brandhoek New Military
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Entrance marker
Used for those deceased 1917
Established July 1917
Location 50°51′10″N 02°47′16″E / 50.85278°N 2.78778°E / 50.85278; 2.78778
near Ieper, West Flanders, Belgium
Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield
Total burials 558
Burials by nation
Burials by war
Statistics source: WW1Cemeteries.com

Brandhoek New Military Cemetery is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission burial ground for the dead of the First World War located near Ypres (now Ieper) in Belgium on the Western Front.

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]

Foundation[edit]

The cemetery was begun by the British in July 1917 to replace the nearby Brandhoek Military Cemetery, which closed with the arrival of the 32nd, 3rd Australian and 44th Casualty Clearing Stations as part of the preparations for the Battle of Passchendaele.[2]

The cemetery closed a month later[3] and Brandhoek New Military No 3 Cemetery opened to replace it.[2]

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.[2]

Notable graves[edit]

Buried here is Oxford-born Captain Dr Noel Godfrey Chavasse, VC and bar MC.[3][4] The Victoria Cross is Britain and the Commonwealth's highest award for bravery. Captain Chavasse was a doctor who repeatedly saved wounded men whilst being wounded himself on more than one occasion, and under heavy fire, with total disregard for his own safety. Chavasse was one of only three people to have won the Victoria Cross twice, once on 9 August 1916 at Guillemont, in France and later at Brandhoek, where he died from wounds sustained in the operation he was decorated for.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ First World War, accessed 19 August 2006
  2. ^ a b c "CWGC :: Cemetery Details". www.cwgc.org. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  3. ^ a b "BRANDHOEK NEW MILITARY CEMETERY". ww1cemeteries.com. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 
  4. ^ Capt Noel Godfrey Chavasse at Find a Grave
  5. ^ Jones, Ian. "Captain Noel Godfrey Chavasse, VC and Bar, MC, RAMC". www.chavasse.u-net.com. Archived from the original on 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2008-05-04. 

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