The Bluff was the Eastern point of "a narrow ridge covered with trees-probably the heap formed by excavation when the canal was dug-which forms a feature of the flat wooded country at the Southern bend of the Ypres salient".* The trenches of the 17th (Light) Division on it were captured by the Germans in February, 1916, and retaken by the 3rd Division on the 2nd March. In the following July the enemy blew a mine under it, but failed to capture the ground. It was given up in the spring of 1918, but regained by the 14th Division on the 28th September. The First D.C.L.I. Cemetery dates from a period earlier than the fighting of 1916. It contains the graves of officers and men of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (one of whom had just obtained a commission in another Regiment) and other soldiers from the United Kingdom, all of whom fell in April-July, 1915. Row D, was added after the Armistice by concentrations from the bafflefield.
There are now over 50, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, 15 are unidentified. The cemetery covers an area of 472 square metres and is enclosed by a low brick wall. * Sir Douglas Haig's Despatch of the 19th May, 1916.
Burials (Commonwealth War Graves Commission):