Nine Elms British Cemetery
  • 37 German warprisoners
Practical info
Nine Elms British Cemetery is located 11.5 kilometres west of Ieper town centre on the Helleketelweg, a road leading from the N308 connecting Ieper to Poperinge. From Ieper town centre the Poperingseweg (N308) is reached via Elverdingsestraat then over two small roundabouts in the J. Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a continuation of the J. Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. On reaching the ring road of Poperinge, the R33 Europalaan, the left hand clockwise route circles the town of Poperinge and rejoins the N308 towards Oost Cappel. 2.5 kilometres around the R33 lies the left hand turning onto Helleketelweg. The cemetery itself is located 700 metres along the Helleketelweg on the left hand side of the road.
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Ground - aerial
GPS-Reference R5871 - Nine Elms British Cemetery
DMSX N 50°51'01.9'' - E002°41'49.2''
DMX N 50°51.031' - E002°41.821'
D N 50.850519° - E002.697011°
UTM 31U E 478671 N 5633245
GOOGLE EARTH 50 51.031 N, 002 41.821 E
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The cemetery was first used from September to December 1917 for burials from the 3rd Australian and 44th Casualty Clearing Stations, which had been moved to Poperinghe (now Poperinge) in preparation for the 1917 Battle of Ypres. The cemetery was used again by fighting units between March and October 1918, the period of the German offensive in Flanders.

The cemetery contains 1,556 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 37 German war graves from this period. There are also 24 Second World War burials in the cemetery, all dating from the Allied retreat to Dunkirk in 1940. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Burials (Commonwealth War Graves Commission):
  • United Kingdom: 961 (+ 22 WW II)
  • Canada: 299
  • Australia: 150
  • New Zealand: 117
  • South Africa: 26
  • Undivided India: 1
  • Other Commonwealth: 2
  • Total Commonwealth: 1556 (+ 22 WW II)
  • Other Nationalities: 38
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