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For much of the First World War, Vlamertinghe (now Vlamertinge) was just outside the normal range of German shell fire and the village was used both by artillery units and field ambulances. Burials were made in the original Military Cemetery until June 1917, when the New Military Cemetery was begun in anticipation of the Allied offensive launched on this part of the front in July. Although the cemetery continued in use until October 1918, most of the burials are from July to December 1917.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Cemetery Location

Vlamertinghe New Military Cemetery is located 5 Kms west of Ieper town centre and to the south of the village of Vlamertinge (Vlamertinge is the modern spelling of Vlamertinghe). Vlamertinge is located along the Poperingseweg. From Ieper town centre the Poperingseweg (N308), is reached via Elverdingsestraat then straight over two small roundabouts in the J. Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a continuation of J. Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. The cemetery is located after turning left in the village of Vlamertinge onto the Hugo Verriestraat. This road crosses a railway and the main road N38, where the name of the street changes to Bellestraat. The cemetery lies 200 metres on the left hand side of the Bellestraat, after crossing the N38.

Shot at Dawn

335727 Private Edward Delargy, Age 19, Grave IX.H.19 He was the son of Mrs Winnifred Delargy, of 42 Mount Pleasant, Leslie, Fife. 1/8th Royal Scots, Pioneer Battalion, 51st (Highland) Division. When still in the UK he was sentenced to 112 days detention in July 1916. He joined his unit in January 1917 and at the end of that month they moved to Arras were they were employed building roads and repairing the trenches. During February he was admitted to a Field Ambulance. On his discharge on 15 February he was given a pass to a nearby village and he promptly deserted. He was caught in Arras in August. His battalion moved to the Salient where he was tried and subsequently executed on 6 September 1917.

Epitaph – He died that we might live Gone but not forgotten

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