Kandahar Farm Cemetery
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Kandahar Farm Cemetery is located 10.5 km south of Ieper town centre on the Niewkerkestraat (N314), a road leading from the N365 connecting Ieper to Wijtschate, Mesen and on to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg. On reaching the town of Mesen the first right hand turning leads onto the Mesenstraat (N314), which carries on to Nieuwkerke, via the village of Wulvergem. The cemetery lies 1 km after passing through the village of Wulvergem, on the left hand side of Nieuwkerkestraat.
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Ground - aerial
GPS-Reference R5458 - Kandahar Farm Cemetery
DMSX N 50°45'17.6'' - E002°50'51.3''
DMX N 50°45.294' - E002°50.856'
D N 50.754892° - E002.847592°
UTM 31U E 489249 N 5622579
GOOGLE EARTH 50 45.294 N, 002 50.856 E
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The British front ran a little East of Wulverghem from the Autumn of 1914 to the Summer of 1917, when Messines was captured; and Kandahar Farm Cemetery was used by the Divisions holding that sector from November 1914 until April 1918. Then, in the Battles of the Lys, the Germans captured Wulverghem and Neuve-Eglise, and it was not until the beginning of September that the two villages and this Cemetery were recovered. It was used again in September and October.

There are now nearly 450, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. One Australian soldiers is commemorated by a special headstone, as his grave cannot now be found. The 18th (Queen Mary's Own) Hussars erected a memorial in the Cemetery to seven of their N.C.O.'s and men who fell on the 1st November 1914 in the fighting about Messines. The cemetery covers an area of 2,809 square metres and is enclosed by stone walls or curbs.

Burials (Commonwealth War Graves Commission):
  • United Kingdom: 218
  • Canada: 6
  • Australia: 186
  • New Zealand: 33
  • Total Commonwealth: 443
  • Other Nationalities: 3
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