The "White House" was on the Ypres road, between St. Jean and the bridge over the Bellewaardebeek. The cemetery was begun in March, 1915, and used until April, 1918, by units holding this part of the line. It then comprised most of the present Plots I and II; but after the Armistice these Plots were completed, and III and IV added, by the concentration of graves from the battlefields round Ypres and from certain small burial grounds.
There are now over 1,000, 1914-18 and a small number of 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 300 from the 1914-18 War are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 15 soldiers from the United Kingdom and one from Canada, known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of twelve soldiers from the United Kingdom, eleven from Canada and five from Australia, who were buried in other cemeteries but whose graves could not be found on concentration. The cemetery covers an area of 4,879 square metres and is enclosed by a brick wall.
The burial grounds from which British graves were brought to White House Cemetery included the following:
- BASSEVILLE FARM GERMAN CEMETERY, ZANTVOORDE, on the Zantvoorde-Zillebeke road, where five soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried in November, 1914. B
- AVARIA HOUSE CEMETERY, YPRES, at an Advanced Dressing Station near Verlorenhoek and close to the Potijze-Zonnebeke road. Here were buried, in September-November, 1917, 17 soldiers from the United Kingdom, four from Canada, four from Australia, three from New Zealand and one from the West Indies.
- BEDFORD HOUSE CEMETERY, ENCLOSURE No. 1, ZILLEBEKE, on the East side of the Ypres-St. Eloi road. In this, the oldest of the five Bedford House "Enclosures," ten French soldiers were buried in 1914 and 1915, and 14 soldiers from the United Kingdom in 1915 and 1917.
- COTTAGE GARDEN CEMETERY, ST. JEAN, close to the main street of the village. Here were buried, in 1914-1915, 44 soldiers from the United Kingdom and one from Canada.
- GREEN HUNTER CEMETERY, VLAMERTINGHE, close to the cabaret "In den Groenen Jager," a little West of the Vlamertinghe-Voormezeele road. Twenty soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried here in 1915 and 1918.
- HENGEBAERT FARM CEMETERY, DICKEBUSCH, 1.6 kilometres North of Dickebusch village, where 16 soldiers from Australia and ten (all R.F.A.) from the United Kingdom were buried in 1915-1917.
- NORTH BANK CEMETERY, VOORMEZEELE, (also called Lankhof Cemetery), between Lankhof Farm and the canal. In this cemetery, which was completely destroyed, eleven Canadian soldiers were buried in April and May, 1916.
- WILDE WOOD CEMETERY, ZONNEBEKE, a little North of the Ypres-Roulers railway line, where 17 soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried in July-September, 1917.
Burials (Commonwealth War Graves Commission):
- United Kingdom: 1001 (+ 8 WW II)
- Canada: 85
- Australia: 45
- New Zealand: 25
- South Africa: 5
- Undivided India: 1
- Other Commonwealth: 1
- Total Commonwealth: 1163 (+ 8 WW II)
- Other Nationalities : (1 WW II)