First DCLI Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery, The Bluff

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First DCLI Cemetery, The Bluff
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Entrance marker
Used for those deceased 1915
Established 1915
Location 50°49′14″N 02°54′47″E / 50.82056°N 2.91306°E / 50.82056; 2.91306
near Ieper, West Flanders, Belgium
Designed by J R Truelove
Total burials 76
Burials by nation
Burials by war
Statistics source:

First DCLI Cemetery, The Bluff is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission burial ground for the dead of the First World War located near The Bluff south of Ypres (now Ieper) in Belgium on the Western Front. It takes its name from the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (DCLI).

Immediate area[edit]


The area where the cemetery stands, known by soldiers as "The Bluff", is an artificial ridge in the landscape created by spoil from failed attempts to dig a canal.[1] With the additional height in an otherwise relatively flat landscape, The Bluff was an important military objective.[2] German forces took The Bluff in February 1916, and it was recaptured by the 14th (Light) Division on 2 March.[3] In July 1916, the Germans detonated a mine under the ridge, but did not capture it.[4] The Germans took The Bluff during the Spring Offensive of 1918, and it finally returned to Allied hands on 28 September after a push by the 14th (Light) Division.[3] The area is now a provincial nature reserve and picnic area called "Provinciaal Domein Palingbeek".[5]


The cemetery here was founded by the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (DCLI) before the fighting of 1916.[3] At the time of the armistice it contained burials only from the DCLI but the cemetery was expanded by concentration of graves from the former battlefields.[6]

The cemetery was designed by J R Truelove.[3] 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.[7]

Other cemeteries on "The Bluff"[edit]


  1. ^ Karel, Roose (2003-02-03). "Cycling Belgium's Waterways: Comines-Ieper". Gamber Net Home. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  2. ^ Baker, Chris. "Fighting at the Bluff". The Long, Long Trail. Archived from the original on 2008-04-11. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  3. ^ a b c d "CWGC: Cemetery Details". Information on the burial places of Commonwealth soldiers, sailors and air crew. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  4. ^ "Wereldoorlog I in de Westhoek". The Great War in Flanders Fields. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  5. ^ "Palingbeek" (in Dutch). Provincie West-Vlaanderen. Archived from the original on 2007-12-17. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  6. ^ "1st D.C.L.I. Cemetery". World War One Cemeteries. Retrieved 2008-05-05. 
  7. ^ First World War, accessed 19 August 2006

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