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Duhallow Advanced Dressing Station (A.D.S.) Cemetery

Updated: Apr 29, 2023


Duhallow Advanced Dressing Station, believed to have been named after a southern Irish hunt, was a medical post 1.6 kilometres north of Ypres (now Ieper). The Cemetery was begun in July 1917, on the day of the Battle of Pilckem Ridge, and Plots I and IV were completed by November 1918. The graves of October and November 1918, are due to deaths occurring in the 11th, 36th and 44th Casualty Clearing Stations. Of the 875 burials in the original Plots, 215 are those of Artillery officers and men and 77 those of Engineers.


In Plot II, Row F, are buried 41 men of the 13th Company, Labour Corps, who were killed on the 9th January 1918 when a German aircraft dropped a bomb on an ammunition truck.

Casualties buried in Plot II, Row F. Authors image. Includes Bo'ness man 7625 Pte George Hendrie Kyles II.F.12

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.


Cemeteries Concentrated here

After the Armistice, 633 bodies (of which 228 were not identified) were brought into this Cemetery from isolated graves and small Cemeteries on the battlefields North, East, and South of Ypres, including MALAKOFF FARM CEMETERY, Brielen, and FUSILIER WOOD CEMETERY, Hollebeke. Malakoff Farm Cemetery contained 33 British Graves (13 of which were those of men of the 1st/4th York and Lancaster Regt.) dating from April 1915 to July 1917. Fusilier Wood Cemetery (near the "Fusilier dug-out") contained 66 British graves and 1 Australian, dating from September 1917 to January 1918. Both these cemeteries were severely shelled in later fighting, and Duhallow A.D.S. Cemetery contains memorials to 10 soldiers buried at Malakoff Farm, and 29 buried at Fusilier Wood, whose graves were thus destroyed. Another memorial has been erected to a soldier of the Loyal North Lancashire Regt. who is believed to be buried in one of the graves marked as unknown.


Cemetery Location

The Cemetery is located on the Diksmuidseweg, N369 road, in the direction of Boezinge. From Ieper station turn left into M.Fochlaan and go to the roundabout, turn right and go to the next roundabout. Here turn left and drive to the next roundabout, where you should turn right into Oude Veurnestraat. Take the second turning on the left which is the Diksmuidseweg. The cemetery is on the right-hand side of the road just past the first turning on the right.

Linesman Map.

Private Allan Jobson, RAMC, writing in his excellent book Via Ypres, Story of the 39th Divisional Field Ambulance, describes Duhallow when under construction: Work on the new A.D.S. Duhallow at Canal Bank, so named after the famous South Irish Hunt, commenced at the latter end of 1916, the material having to be fetched from Ypres. Squads worked on this night and day and a very fine Dressing Station was the result. A series of concrete dug-outs providing wards for various kinds of cases that were almost bomb proof.’


Talbot House connection

Fitter Charles M Payne, 18th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery. Age 22. 9 September 1917. Grave VI.C.6.

He knew Tubby Clayton from his time as a Chaplain in Portsmouth. Tubby wrote of a meeting with ‘Charlie’ in March 1916, ‘A jolly boy from Manor Road, Portsmouth, one of my own and oldest, Charlie Payne, found me out on Friday – he is with a Battery to which I am now appointed Chaplain! Such a joy to see him! The first I have seen in 10 months out there.On the 25 September 1917, he wrote in an update to his old boys club in Portsmouth of the death of Charles Payne. He was killed .. last Monday I stood before the Cross that marks his grave, with the Section on either side, to thank God for the example of his life, and to pray for the comfort for his folk at home.’


FALKIRK AND DISTRICT MEN BURIED HERE


Falkirk

4410 Guardsman John Brown

2nd Battalion, Scots Guards

4.7.17

VIII. A. 18


Carron and Carronshore

40198 Sapper David Ewing

289th Army Troops Coy, Royal Engineers

3.1.18

II. E. 19


Bo’ness

7625 Pte George Hendrie Kyles

13th Labour Coy, Labour Corps

Age 24

9.1.18

II.F.12

Lived in Kirkcaldy. Son of David Kyles, 25 Snab Row, Bo'ness


Laurieston

402024 Sgt John Walker

404th Highland Field Coy, Royal Engineers

Age 26

15.8.17

I.B.2

Son of George & Jane Greig Walker, 7 Booth Place. Born in Redding, Polmont


Shot at Dawn

10603 Private John Seymour

2nd Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

96th Brigade

32nd Division

III.F.10

He was already under a suspended sentence of death when he was executed for desertion on 24 January 1918.

Read more about the Shot At Dawn buried in the Salient here https://www.theypressalient.com/home/categories/shot-at-dawn


Burials

There are now 1,544 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery, 231 of the burials unidentified. There are also 57 war graves of other nationalities, mostly German, and one Commonwealth burial of the Second World War, which dates from the Allied withdrawal ahead of the German advance of May 1940.

UK – 1442

Australian – 13

New Zealand – 6

Canadian – 26

New Foundland – 12

South African – 3

British West Indies – 2

Indian – 2

Belgian – 1

French – 2

German – 54

Special Memorials – 41

WWII - 1

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