Remembrance Pte. Bernard McGeehan
24/10/2016 - Poperinge - Source: VIFF
We invite you to the commemoration that takes place in the presence of H.E. Ambassador of Ireland Éamonn Mac Aodha. This remembrance is a collaboration of the Friends In Flanders Fields Museum and Mrs. Tracey McRory, Donegal, Ireland, who has received this year the VIFF in Derry on their Ireland travel. After the ceremony Piet Chielens gives a brief overview of the 17 executed which are commemorated in this cemetery. We hope you can attend this commemoration numerousely.

Location Information: Deken De Bolaan, Poperinge
Poperinghe New Military Cemetery is located 10.5 Kms west of Ieper town centre, in the town of Poperinge itself. From Ieper, Poperinge is reached via the N308.

Historical Information

The town of Poperinghe (now Poperinge) was of great importance during the First World War because, although occasionally bombed or bombarded at long range, it was the nearest place to Ypres (now Ieper) which was both considerable in size and reasonably safe. It was at first a centre for Casualty Clearing Stations, but by 1916 it became necessary to move these units further back and field ambulances took their places.

The earliest Commonwealth graves in the town are in the communal cemetery. The Old Military Cemetery was made in the course of the First Battle of Ypres and was closed, so far as Commonwealth burials are concerned, at the beginning of May 1915. The New Military Cemetery was established in June 1915.

The New Military Cemetery contains 677 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 271 French war graves.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.