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The Huts Cemetery

Updated: Oct 23, 2023


The Huts Cemetery. Ypres Salient. Battlefields Belgium. Flanders
The Huts Cemetery. Authors image.

This cemetery takes its name from a line of huts strung along the road from Dickebusch (now Dikkebus) to Brandhoek, which were used by field ambulances during the 1917 Allied offensive on this front. Plots I to X and XII to XIV were filled between July and November 1917. Plots XV and XI followed. Nearly two-thirds of the burials are of gunners as many artillery positions existed nearby.


The cemetery was closed in April 1918 when the German advance (the Battle of the Lys) brought the front line very close. The advance was finally halted on the eastern side of the village, following fierce fighting at Dickebusch Lake, on 8 May. The 10th Battalion, Royal Warwickshire Regiment held the line that day.


The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. There are four Falkirk and District men buried here.

Linesman Map. the Huts Cemetery. Ypres Salient. Battlefields Belgium. Flanders
Linesman Map. The Huts Cemetery.

Cemetery Location

The Huts Cemetery is located 6 Kms south-west of Ieper town centre. From Ieper town centre the Dikkebusseweg (N375) is reached via Elverdingsestraat, straight over a roundabout onto J. Capronstraat (for 30 metres), then left along M. Fochlaan. Immediately after the train station the first right hand turning is the Dikkebusseweg. On reaching Dikkebus village the cemetery is reached by taking a right hand turning onto the Melkerijstraat. This road continues for 1 Km, over a crossroads and bending sharply to the right, then meeting a junction with the Steenakkerstraat. The cemetery is located 200 metres after this junction on the Steenakkerstraat.


Death of a Brigadier-General

Grave XII.C.20. Brigadier-General C G Rawling, commanding 62nd Infantry Brigade, 21st

Brigadier General C G Rawling. the Huts Cemetery. Ypres Salient. Battlefields Belgium. Flanders
The Huts Cemetery. Authors image

Division, was killed on 28 October 1917 at the Hooge Crater. He was age 47. The crater was blown by the British in 1915 and was habitually used by them as a Brigade HQ. He was killed by a shell that landed at the door of the dugout. It was recorded that: ‘He had gone out to supervise personally the unloading of some wagons which had been interrupted by a burst of shell fire. The incident was characteristic of his disregard for danger which he had shown among other ways by a habit in ordinary trench warfare of walking over the top instead of by communication trenches as was laid down in orders for everyone.


His awards included the Companion of St. Michael and St. George, Companion of the Indian Empire, Distinguished Service Order (Gazetted in the New Year Honours on 1 January 1918), Mentioned in Despatches. He was the son of Mrs. Rawling, of 16, Montague Street., Portman Square, London.


Shot at Dawn - Read more about the two men buried here https://www.theypressalient.com/post/the-huts-cemetery-1

8/2733 Private Victor M Spencer. Grave XV.B.10 1st Battalion, Otago Regiment, New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Age 23. 242904 Private Henry Hughes. Grave XV.D.15. 1/5th Battalion York and Lancasters, 148th Brigade, 49th (West Riding) Division.





FALKIRK AND DISTRICT MEN BURIED HERE


Falkirk

24217 Corporal Francis Adrian

1st Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery

Age 30

27.9.17

VII.D.14

Son of Francis and Catherine Loughin Adrian, 42 Grange View Terrace, Falkirk


36569 Gunner James Thomson

148th Siege Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery

15.10.17

X.C.1


Denny & Dunipace

26354 Acting Bombardier William Ashwood

111th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery

Age 33

26.8.17

III.B.15

Son of Robert & Annie Taylor Ashwood


Bo’ness

S/18307 Private Archibald Dearie

1st Infantry Labour Company, Seaforth Highlanders

Age 20

1.9.17

IV.C.11

Son of Michael & Mary Dunlop Dearie, Kirkwood's Close, 102 North Street


Burials

There are now 1,094 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in the cemetery.


UK – 815

Australian – 243

New Zealand – 19

Canadian – 5

South African – 4

British West Indies – 1

India – 1

Known unto God – 6

German - 6

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