Spanbroekmolen British Cemetery
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Spanbroekmolen British Cemetery is located 8 Km south of Ieper town centre, on a road leading from the Rijselseweg N365, which connects Ieper to Wijtschate and onto 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 village of Wijtschate the first right hand turning is the Hospicestraat leading onto the village square. The Wijtschatestraat leads from the village square, 1.5 Km beyond which lies the Scheerstraat on the left hand side. The cemetery itself lies 500 metres along the Scheerstraat on the left hand side of the road. Visitors to this site should note the 200 metre grassed access path which is unsuitable for vehicles.
Wijtschate, Heuvelland
Ground - aerial
GPS-Reference R5472 - Spanbroekmolen British Cemetery
DMSX N 50°46'42.8'' - E002°52'01.4''
DMX N 50°46.714' - E002°52.023'
D N 50.778567° - E002.867046°
UTM 31U E 490626 N 5625209
GOOGLE EARTH 50 46.714 N, 002 52.023 E
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Spanbroekmolen was the name of a windmill a mile South-West of the village. The British Cemetery is a little East of where the windmill stood, to the South of the Wytschaete-Kemmel road. There are now nearly 60, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site 6 of whom are unidentified.

All were killed in action on the first (or, in one case, on the second) day of the Battle of Messines, 1917, all but one of whom belonged to the 36th (Ulster) Division. The cemetery was destroyed in subsequent operations, and found again after the Armistice; six graves had disappeared and are represented by special headstones. The cemetery covers an area of 304 square metres and is enclosed by a brick wall.

Burials (Commonwealth War Graves Commission):
  • United Kingdom: 58
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