Boesinghe (now Boezinge) lies on the West side of the Yser Canal, and was, during the greater part of the War, directly faced by the German front line on the East side; but to the South of it the German line sloped away from the canal South-Westward, and Talana Farm was thus about 1.6 kilometres from the edge of the Salient. Talana Farm is one of a group of farm houses named by the Army from episodes of the South African war. The cemetery was begun by French Zouaves in April, 1915, and the 1st Rifle Brigade and 1st Somerset Light Infantry took it over in June, 1915. It was used by fighting units until March, 1918. In Plot II are buried many of the 1st East Lancashire Regiment who fell in a small but successful attack on the 6th July, 1915. In Plots III and IV are many graves of the 49th (West Riding) Division; and in the same plots are buried the dead of the Artillery units who took over the ground in August, 1917.
There are now over 500, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 10 are unidentified and six graves are represented by special memorials, as they cannot now be found. While ten, in Plot I, Row "E," are identified as a group but not individually. It is probable that other graves, destroyed afterwards by shell fire, existed in the cemetery. The 9th Rifle Brigade erected a wooden memorial here to their dead of January and February, 1916. The cemetery and its approach cover an area of 3,743 square metres and is enclosed by a curb wall.
Burials (Commonwealth War Graves Commission):