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Nine Elms British Cemetery

Updated: Jan 12


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The cemetery was begun and used by the 3rd Australian and 44th Casualty Clearing Stations when they moved to Poperinghe (now Poperinge), from Brandhoek and Lijssenthoek respectively, in September 1917. Nearly all the burials in Plots I to IX came from these Casualty Clearing Stations, whilst they operated in this area during the 1917 Battle of Ypres, up until December 1917. Plots X, XI, XIII, XIV and XV cover the dates between the beginning of March 1918 and the 12th October 1918, the period of the German offensive in Flanders, the British counter attacks and the final advance of August-September. The burials in these cases were carried out almost entirely by fighting units.


There is a German Plot containing the graves of prisoners of war who died from September 1917 to March 1918.


There are six Falkirk and District men buried here.


Evacuating the Wounded and the hospital network


The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.


Cemetery Location

Nine Elms British Cemetery is located west of Poperinge on the Helleketelweg, a road leading from the N33 Poperinge ring road. From Ieper follow the signs to Poperinge. At the traffic lights at the end of the expressway turn left onto the Poperinge ring road, the Europalaan. Follow the ring road to the roundabout and take the second exit. At the next roundabout take the second exit, follow the ring road and take the first turning on the left, the Helleketelweg. The cemetery is along here on the left.


2nd Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops

Buried in the cemetery is 1081351 Sergeant Walter James Hyett, 2nd Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops. Age 37. He was wounded by enemy shell fire and died of his wounds on 8 November 1917. Grave VIII.E.23. He was the husband of Eva Agnes Hyett, of Wiveliscombe, Somerset.


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He was a member of ‘D’ company, 2nd Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops, they, and a party from the K.O.Y.L.I., were engaged in ditching work on the line known as Y8 to Pommern line when they were shelled. The battalion history records: ‘… Sgt W.J. Hyett was killed and Sprs. H. Siegel and O.G. Wright wounded, while the K.O.Y.L.I. had three other ranks killed and five wounded. The party was taken off for the rest of the shift. Sgt. Hyett was buried in the afternoon at the British Military Cemetery at Nine Elms with military honours.









Linesman Map showing the light railway network around Wieltje and the Pommern Line

Shot at Dawn

There are two men buried here who were shot at dawn. 265427 Private John McFarlane, 4th Battalion, The King’s (Liverpool) Regiment, 98th Brigade, 33rd Division. Age 27. Shot for desertion on 22 May 1918. Grave XI.A.2 The son of William and Margaret McFarlane, of 14, Gerard Street, Byrom Street, Liverpool. 11682 Private Joseph Nisbet, 1st Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, 71st Brigade, 6th Division. Grave XV.C.21 He was already under a suspended sentence of death for a previous desertion attempt. He deserted again and was shot on 23 August 1918.


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



Dugouts and Bunkers

American: Nine Elms Bunker. This bunker is located some 500 metres west of Nine Elms British Cemetery. This was built by the 105th Engineers, US 30th Division and it formed part of the West Poperinge Line defence system.


FALKIRK AND DISTRICT MEN BURIED HERE


Falkirk

36234 Pte John M Howden

1st Battalion, Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)

26.3.18

XIII.D.17


Camelon

32743 Pte John Cruickshanks

75th Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps

Age 21

1.5.18

XI.B.7

Son of Robert & Isabella Dickson Cruickshanks, Summerford


S/7223 Pte Robert McNaught

2nd Battalion, Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders

Age 33

2.4.18

XIV.B.15

Husband of Jeanie McNaught, 31 Sunnyside Street


Slamannan

174326 Gunner Malcolm John Campbell

352 Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery

Age 19

14.10.17

V.F.4

Son of Malcolm & Christina Campbell, late of Treasland, Skye


Grangemouth

14393 Pte Neil McCallum Clark

16th Company, 1st NZEF Auckland Regiment

Age 24

5.10.17

II.C.6

Son of William & Helen Clark


Bo’ness

40904 Pte William Easton

17th Battalion, Royal Scots

Age 36

18.9.18

XV.C.24

Husband of Elizabeth Easton & they had one child. Kirkwoods Close, North Street, Bo’ness


Burials

The cemetery contains 1,556 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 37 German war graves from this period. There are also 22 Second World War burials in the cemetery, all dating from the Allied retreat to Dunkirk in 1940.


UK – 955

Australian – 149

New Zealand – 118

Canadian – 289

New Foundland – 7

South African – 26

British West Indies – 2

Bermuda – 1

India – 1

Guernsey – 8

German – 37

There are 22 World War Two graves.

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