Ramparts (Lille Gate) Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery

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Ramparts Cemetery (Lille gate)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Ramparts Cemetery
Used for those deceased 1914–1918
Established 1914
Location 50°50′41″N 02°53′21″E / 50.84472°N 2.88917°E / 50.84472; 2.88917
near Ieper, West Flanders, Belgium
Designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield
Total burials 198
Unknown burials 5
Burials by nation
Burials by war
Statistics source: www.wo1.be

Ramparts Cemetery (Lille Gate) is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) burial ground 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.

Foundation[edit]

This small cemetery is the only CWGC burial ground within the ancient walls of Ieper. The cemetery was begun in November 1914 by French troops defending the city and was used by Commonwealth troops from February 1915 until April 1918, by which time the Western Front had moved away from Ypres.

At the end of the war, the French graves were removed and concentrated in the nearby Ypres Necropole National French cemetery. Of the British and Commonwealth troops buried here, all but ten are named; in the case of five of the unidentified, the nationality could not be assertained.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield who was also responsible for the nearby Menin Gate memorial.[1]

Notable graves[edit]

The cemetery contains the graves of 198 soldiers. Amongst these are the graves of six Australian troops killed simultaneously by the same shell.[2] These graves are symbolically grouped together.

Rose Coombs, who did much to popularise Ieper and the Salient for tourists and pilgrims through her book "Before Endeavours Fade" (ISBN 0-900913-85-1), had her ashes scattered in this cemetery in 1991.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Commonwealth War Graves Commission, accessed 22 May 2006
  2. ^ Digger Tours, accessed 22 May 2006
  3. ^ Holt T and V, Major and Mrs Holt's Battlefield Guide to the Ypres Salient Barnsley:2003 Leo Cooper Pen and Sword ISBN 0-85052-551-9

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