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Canada Farm Cemetery

Updated: Aug 28, 2022


Canada Farm Cemetery took its name from a farmhouse used as a dressing station during the 1917 Allied offensive on this front. Most of the burials are of men who died at the dressing station between June and October 1917. A small number of graves were added after the Armistice. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.


Cemetery Location

Canada Farm Cemetery is located 8.5 kilometres north-west of Ieper town centre, on the Elzendammestraat, a road leading from the Veurnseweg (N8) connecting Ieper to Elverdinge and on to Veurne. From Ieper town centre the Veurnseweg (N8) is reached via Elverdingsestraat, then turning right onto Haiglaan. Veurnseweg is a continuation of Haiglaan. On reaching the village of Elverdinge the Steentjesmolenstraat, N333, leads towards Poperinge. 2 kilometres along the Steentjesmolenstraat lies the right hand turning onto Elzendammestraat. The cemetery itself is located 1 kilometre along the Elzendammestraat on the right-hand side of the road.

(Linesman map)


FALKIRK AND DISTRICT MEN BURIED HERE


Bainsford

412828 Sapper Alexander Marshall

38th Division, Signal Company, Royal Engineers

7.9.17

II. H. 37


Larbert

8088 L/Cpl William Kerr

10th Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

Age 18

8.3.18

III.H.40

Son of William Kerr, North Broomage Crescent, Larbert


13678 Pte Frederick Smith Rae

1st Battalion Scots Guards

Age 31

31.7.17

II.B.17

The youngest son of James & Helen Rae, Yair Estate, Selkirk. Formerly of Dunipace East Lodge, Larbert


Bonnybridge

126184 Driver Michael Muirhead

Guards Division, Ammunition column, Royal Field Artillery

Age 28

12.9.17

III.B.32

Son of William & Janet Muirhead, Bankhead Crescent


Laurieston

123286 Pte Benjamin Joseph Vipond Mitchell

37th Company, Labour Corps

Age 21

15.8.1917

II.F.23

The son of Mr & Mrs Mitchell of 77 James Street, Laurieston


Also buried here

Corporal James Llewellyn Davies V.C.

‘C’ Company, 13th Battalion (1st North Wales Pals) Royal Welsh Fusiliers, 113th Brigade, 38th (Welsh) Division

Age 31.

Died of Wounds 31 July 1917

II.B.18

Son of John and Martha Davies, of Ogmore Vale; husband of Elizabeth Ann Darby (formerly Davies), of 8, Nantymoel Row, Nantymoel, Glamorgan.


An extract from the supplement to "London Gazette," No. 30272, dated 6th Sept. 1917, records the following: "For most conspicuous bravery during an attack on the enemy's line, this non-commissioned officer pushed through our own barrage and single-handed attacked a machine gun emplacement, after several men had been killed in attempting to take it. He bayoneted one of the machine gun crew and brought in another man, together with the captured gun. Cpl. Davies, although wounded, then led a bombing party to the assault of a defended house and killed a sniper who was harassing his platoon. This gallant non-commissioned officer has since died of wounds received during the attack.


Burials

There are now 907 First World War burials in the cemetery.


UK -879

Canadian – 5

New Foundland – 4

British West Indies Regiment – 19

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