La Brique Military Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemeteries

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La Brique Military 1 and 2
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Stone at entrance to La Brique Military Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery
Used for those deceased 1915 (No 1); 1915–1918 (No 2)
Established 1915
Location 50°51′53″N 02°53′38″E / 50.86472°N 2.89389°E / 50.86472; 2.89389
near Ieper, West Flanders, Belgium
Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield
Total burials 91 (No 1); 840 (No 2)
Unknown burials 4 (No 1); 400 (No 2)
Burials by nation

Allied Powers:

Burials by war
World War I: 91 (No 1); 840 (No 2)
Statistics source: WW1Cemeteries.com [1] [2] and CWGC [3] [4]

La Brique Military Cemeteries No 1 and No 2 are Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) burial grounds for the dead of the First World War located in the Ypres Salient 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, named after a now-lost brickworks near to the site, is divided in two by the main road. Cemetery No 1 was founded in May 1915 and used until December 1915.[2] It is the smaller of the two.

Cemetery No 2 was founded in February 1915 and was used until March 1918. Originally containing 383 graves, the cemetery was expanded by concentration of graves from the battlefield after the Armistice.[3] It now contains 840 graves. One of the graves concentrated in Cemetery No 2 was originally in the now-gone Kemmel No 2 French Cemetery.[4]

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Notable graves[edit]

Cemetery No 2 holds Corporal Alfred George Drake (1893–1915), who was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery.<[5][6]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ First World War, accessed 19 August 2006
  2. ^ Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry for No 1, accessed 30 December 2007
  3. ^ Commonwealth War Graves Commission entry for No 2, accessed 30 December 2007
  4. ^ wo1.be, accessed 30 December 2007
  5. ^ wo1.be persoon detail fiche, accessed 30 December 2007
  6. ^ WW1Cemeteries.com, accessed 30 December 2007

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