La Laiterie Military Cemetery
  • De toegang tot La Laiterie Military Cemetery.
  • Een algemeen zicht op deze begraafplaats.
  • Two memorial stones "Known to be buried in this cemetery"
Practical info
La Laiterie Military Cemetery is located 7 Km south of Ieper town centre on the Kemmelseweg (N331), connecting Ieper to Kemmel. From Ieper town centre the Kemmelseweg is reached via the Rijselsestraat, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and straight on towards Armentieres (N336). 900 metres after the crossroads is the right hand turning onto the Kemmelseweg made prominent by a level crossing. The cemetery is located on the right hand side of the road, 5 km after joining the Kemmelseweg.
Kemmel, Heuvelland
Ground - aerial
GPS-Reference R5432 - La Laiterie Military Cemetery
DMSX N 50°47'29.5'' - E002°50'28.9''
DMX N 50°47.491' - E002°50.481'
D N 50.791523° - E002.841353°
UTM 31U E 488817 N 5626653
GOOGLE EARTH 50 47.491 N, 002 50.481 E
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"La Laiterie" was a dairyfarm on the North-West side of the road to Ypres from Kemmel. The cemetery was begun in November, 1914, and used until October, 1918, by units holding this sector of the front. The different plots were, to a great extent, treated as regimental burial grounds; the majority of the graves in Plots II, III and X, for instance, were those of the 26th, 25th and 24th Canadian Infantry Battalions, respectively, and all but one of the graves in Plot VIII are those of the 5th Northumberland Fusiliers.

On the 25th April, 1918, the cemetery passed into enemy hands, but at the beginning of September it was retaken. After the Armistice, graves were concentrated into the cemetery from the battlefields North and North-East of Kemmel. There are now over 750, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly a quarter are unidentified and two of the soldiers from the United Kingdom are commemorated on special headstones, as their graves were destroyed in the course of fighting. The cemetery covers an area of 5,172 square metres and is enclosed by a curb.

Burials (Commonwealth War Graves Commission):
  • United Kingdom: 547
  • Canada: 197
  • Australia: 7
  • Total Commonwealth: 751
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