Polygon Wood Cemetery
  • Het Cross of Sacrifice en het monument van de 5de Australische divisie op de doelheuvel
  • Special "A" Known to be buried in this cemetery
  • Special "B" Known to be buried in this cemetery
  • Vroegere toegang tot Duitse militaire begraafplaats
Practical info
Polygon Wood Cemetery is located 8 kilometres east of Ieper town centre, on the Lange Dreve 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. 4.7 kilometres along the Meenseweg and after passing the Bellewaerde theme park lies the left hand turning onto Oude Kortrijkstraat. 2 kilometres along the Oude Kortrijkstraat the road crosses the A19 motorway. Immediately after this bridge is the left hand turning onto the Lotegatstraat, which borders Polygon Wood. 800 metres along the Lotegatstraat is the right hand turning onto Lange Dreve. The Cemetery is located 1 kilometres along the Lange Dreve on the left hand side of the road.
Zonnebeke, Zonnebeke
Ground - aerial
GPS-Reference R5984 - Polygon Wood Cemetery
DMSX N 50°51'26.8'' - E002°59'25.1''
DMX N 50°51.446' - E002°59.419'
D N 50.857436° - E002.990313°
UTM 31U E 499318 N 5633971
GOOGLE EARTH 50 51.446 N, 002 59.419 E
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The "Polygone de Zonnebeke", or Polygoneveld, is a large wood 1.6 kilometres South of the village, belonging to the State; it was completely devastated in the First World War. The wood was cleared by British troops at the end of October, 1914, given up on the 3rd May, 1915, taken at the end of September, 1917 by Australian troops, evacuated in the Battles of the Lys, and finally retaken by the 9th (Scottish) Division on the 28th September, 1918. On the Butte itself is the Battle Memorial of the 5th Australian Division, who captured it on the 26th September, 1917.

There are now over 100, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly 20 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to three New Zealand soldiers known to be buried here. The cemetery covers an area of 1,780 square metres and is enclosed by a rubble wall.

Burials (Commonwealth War Graves Commission):
  • United Kingdom: 32
  • New Zealand: 60
  • Entirely Unidentified: 11
  • Total Commonwealth: 103
  • Other Nationalities: 1
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