Maple Copse Cemetery
  • De mooie toegangspoort.
  • Grondplan van de begraafplaats.
  • Een zicht op een aantal graven.
  • Een rij graven.
  • Op deze vrij grote begraafplaats liggen 'slechts' 308 gesneuvelden.
Practical info
Maple Copse Cemetery is located 5 Km south east of Ieper town centre, a road leading from the Meenseweg (N8), connecting Ieper to Menen. From Ieper town centre the Meenseweg is located via Torhoutstraat and right onto Basculestraat. Basculestraat ends at a main cross roads, directly over which begins the Meenseweg. 2.5 Km along the Meenseweg shortly after Birr Cross Roads Cemetery, lies the right hand turning onto Wulvestraat. 1 Km along the Wulvestraat is the left hand turning onto Schachteweidestraat. The cemetery itself is located 2 Km along the Schachteweidestraat on the right hand side of the road.
Zillebeke, Ieper
Ground - aerial
GPS-Reference R5683 - Maple Copse Cemetery
DMSX N 50°50'07.6'' - E002°56'18.0''
DMX N 50°50.127' - E002°56.300'
D N 50.835443° - E002.938335°
UTM 31U E 495657 N 5631527
GOOGLE EARTH 50 50.127 N, 002 56.300 E
• Mapquest
The village and most of the commune of Zillebeke were in British hands during the greater part of the War; but the number of cemeteries in the neighbourhood bears witness to the fierce fighting of which it was the scene, even in times of trench warfare, from 1914 to 1918. Maple Copse was the name given by the Army to a small plantation a 914 metres East of the Village, and just West of Sanctuary Wood. The place was used by Advanced Dressing Stations, and burials took place there, both before and after the Battle of Mount Sorrel (June, 1916); but in that engagement, and in later fighting, the graves were mainly obliterated. The site of the Cemetery, on the North side of the Copse, was known and enclosed after the Armistice, but of 256 named graves known to exist there only 26 could be definitely located.

There are now over 300, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 50 are unidentified and 230 burials are represented by special memorials. The cemetery covers an area of 4,856 square metres and is enclosed a rubble retaining wall.

Burials (Commonwealth War Graves Commission):
  • United Kingdom: 154
  • Canada: 154
  • Total Commonwealth: 308
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