Ploegsteert Wood Military Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery
|Ploegsteert Wood Military Cemetery|
|Commonwealth War Graves Commission|
|Used for those deceased 1914–1918|
|Designed by||W H Cowlishaw|
|Burials by nation|
|Burials by war|
World War I: 164
|Statistics source: WW1Cemeteries.com and CWGC|
Ploegsteert Wood Military Cemetery is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) burial ground for the dead of the First World War located in the Ypres Salient within Ploegsteert Wood on the Western Front in Belgium.
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.
The cemetery was founded by enclosing a number of small cemeteries made by individual regiments. The grounds were established in December 1914 as the "Somerset Light Infantry Cemetery", expanding in April 1915 when the "Bucks Cemetery" was started by the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry
A further cemetery was established by the Gloucesters and the Loyal North Lancs regiments in October 1915, named "Canadian Cemetery, Strand" after its 28 Canadian graves and the nearby Strand trench. The cemetery was used by New Zealanders in 1917.
The cemetery was designed by W H Cowlishaw.