MY FAMILY AT WAR

MY VISITS TO CWGC CEMETERIES ACROSS THE WESTERN FRONT

People interested in researching WW1 have a massive research facility in the form of the beautifully manicured cemeteries stretching across the Western Front in France and Belgium. They reflect the geography of the war, the strategies of the high command, the timescale of the battles and the varying degrees of intensity of the fighting.
Whether it be a large consolidation of graves such as Tyne Cot or Etaples or small battlefield cemeteries found in the middle of the rural landscape, each one has a story to tell of individual actions or in the case of the very large cemeteries, the whole history of the war.
I have been researching my relatives WW1 history seriously since 2007 and as part of this, I have visited many CWGC cemeteries. I thought that the reader might be interested to know which ones they are and also to locate them on my Google map.
In addition, the CWGC has produced a very useful Michelin based map upon which are located every cemetery with a reference number which I have added to my list to assist the reader in locating the individual cemeteries.


CWGC Map Publication available from the CWGC website

The history of the CWGC (formerly Imperial War Graves Commission IWGC) is both fascinating and inspirational in telling the story of a small group of like minded people battling against the establishment and the aristocracy to achieve what we can see today in the cemeteries they have created.

If you are interested in this CWGC history then I can recommend two books:


The Unending Vigil by Philip Longworth


Empires of the Dead by David Crane


CWGC CEMETERIES VISITED SINCE 2009

The map above shows the locations of the CWGC cemeteries I have visited since 2009, below lists them with their corresponding CWGC Ref Number from the CWGC Map Publication.

2009

ETRETAT CHURCHYARD & EXTENSION — 830
FECAMP COMMUNAL — 832
ETAPLES MILITARY — 195
OUTTERSTEENE COMMUNAL EXTENSION — 140
FAUBOURG D’AMIENS ARRAS — 354
LA CHAPELETTE PERONNE — 656
LA TARGETTE — 318
PERONNE ROAD MARICOURT — 650
CARNOY MILITARY — 649
DANTZIG ALLEY BRITISH MAMETZ — 518
BERNAFAY WOOD BRITISH MONTAUBAN — 641
FRICOURT BRITISH — 521
FLATIRON COPSE MAMETZ — 647
GORDON DUMP LA BOISSELLE — 514
CONTALMAISON CHATEAU — 516
BAZENTINE LE PETIT — 645
GUILLEMONT ROAD — 639
RANCOURT MILITARY — 636
LONDON CEMETERY & EXTENSION
HIGH WOOD LONGUEVAL — 643
DELVILLE WOOD — 628
THIEPVAL ANGLO FRENCH — 640
GREVILLERS BRITISH — 623
MONCHY BRITISH MONCHY LE PREUX — 353
ORANGE TRENCH MONCHY LE PREUX — 352
HAPPY VALLEY BRITISH FAMPOUX — 351
VIS EN ARTOIS BRITISH HAUCOURT — 566
TANK CEMETERY GUEMAPPE — 564
WANCOURT BRITISH — 562
HIBERS TRENCH WANCOURT — 560
TIGRIS LANE WANCOURT — 558
HENIN CRUCIFIX HENIN — 582
ST MARTIN CALVAIRE BRITISH
ST MARTIN SUR COJEUL — 580
COJEUL BRITISH — 587
HENINEL CROISELLES ROAD HENINEL — 579
HENINEL COMMUNAL EXTENSION — 561
CHERISY ROAD EAST HENINEL — 577
ROOKERY HENINEL — 578
CUCKOO PASSAGE HENINEL — 578
BOOTHAM HENINEL — 577
GUEMAPPE BRITISH WANCOURT — 563
WINDMILL BRITISH MONCHY LE PREUX — 565
VALLEY VIS EN ARTOIS — 567
DURY CRUCIFX DURY — 569
UPTON WOOD HENDECOURT — 575
ECOUST ST MIEN BRITISH — 592
ECOUST MILITARY — 592
HAC MILITARY ECOUST ST MIEN — 597
FAVREUIL BRITISH — 607
L’HOMME MORT ECOUST ST MIEN — 598
FEUCHY CHAPEL BRITISH WANCOURT — 559
BUCQUOY ROAD FICHEUX — 584
LONDON NEUVILLE VITASSE — 555
AYETTE INDIAN & CHINESE — 441
NEUVILLE VITASSE — 581
LE FERMONT MILITARY RIVIERE — 437
FROMELLES PHEASANT WOOD
VC CORNER FROMELLES — 262
ST MARY’S ADS HAISNES — 294
DUD CORNER LOOS — 295
INDIAN MEMORIAL NEUVE CHAPELLE — 276
BELLICOURT BRITISH — 733
BONY US SOMME
ROCQUINGUY- EQUANCOURT — 633
ASSEVILLIERS NEW BRITISH — 655
DERNANCOURT COMMUNAL & EXTENSION — 506
BECOURT MILITARY — 511
ACHIET LE GRAND COMMUNAL — 604
ADANAC MIRAUMONT — 459
WARLENCOURT BRITISH — 624
MARTINPUICH BRITISH — 644
CATERPILLAR VALLEY LONGUEVAL — 642
MILL ROAD THIEPVAL — 486
LOUVENCOURT MILITARY — 472

2012

LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY — 73
WESTOUTRE BRITISH — 96
POPERINGE OLD MILITARY — 75
POPERINGE NEW MILITARY — 75
YPRES TOWN CEMETERY & EXTENSION — 58
YPRES RESERVOIR — 64
RAMPARTS LILLE GATE YPRES — 83
RAILWAY DUGOUTS BURIAL GROUND — 87
BLAUWEPOORT FARM — 85
MAPLE COPSE — 167
BIRR CROSS ROADS — 163
R E GRAVE RAILWAY WOOD — 159
HOOGE CRATER — 162
SANCTUARY WOOD — 168
BUTTES NEW BRITISH CEMETERY — 161
POLYGON WOOD — 160
TYNE COT — 149
BUFFS ROAD — 155
SEAFORTH CHEDDAR VILLA — 154
MINTY FARM — 153
TRACK X — 155
PLOEGSTEERT CHURCHYARD
HYPE PARK CORNER PLOEGSTEERT — 127
PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL — 127
PROWSE POINT — 125
MUD CORNER — 125
TORONTO AVENUE — 125
PLOEGSTEERT WOOD — 128
RIFLE HOUSE — 128
LOKER CHURCHYARD — 103
LOCRE HOSPICE — 104
KEMMELBURG OSSARY FRENCH
KEMMEL CHURCHYARD
KEMMEL CHATEAU MILITARY — 106
LONE TREE — 115
ZANTVOORDE MILITARY — 169
MENIN GATE — 58
POTIJZE BURIAL GROUND — 157
OXFORD ROAD — 156
NEW IRISH FARM — 56
ESSEX FARM — 63
VENDRESSE BRITISH — 920
BRANDHOEK NEW MILITARY — 77
ZILLEBECK CHURCHYARD
ZANTVOORDE CHURCHYARD
HOUSEHOLD MEMORIAL
VILLERS BRETTONEUX MILITARY — 545

2013

CHILL TRENCH GAVRELLE — 345
BROWNS COPSE ROEUX — 347
CRUMP TRENCHFAMPOUX — 349
ROUEX BRITISH — 348
FEUCHY BRITISH — 336
BUNYANS TILLOY — 334
HOUDAIN LANE TILLOY — 335
NEVILLE ST VAAST GERMAN
CABARET ROUGE SOUCHEZ — 317
NOTRE DAME DE LORETTE FRENCH
ST SEVERS & EXTENSION ROUEN — 952

2014

BOULOGNE EASTERN — 5
DUISANS BRITISH ETRUN — 236
MAROC BRITISH GRENAY — 301
PHILOSPHE MAZINGARBE — 299
VERMELLES BRITISH — 296
CHOQUES MILITARY — 221
LONGUENESS SOUVENIR ST OMER — 13
WIMEREUX COMMUNAL — 2
SISSONNE BRITISH — 872
CRAONELLE FRENCH
SOUPIR CHURCHYARD — 922
ITALIAN AISNE
GUARDS GRAVE VILLERS COTTERETS — 911
LA FERTE MEMORIAL — 945
MONTREUIL AUX LIONS BRITISH — 944
BELLEAU WOOD GERMAN & USA
SOISSONS MEMORIAL — 914
CHAUNY COMMUNAL — 869
LA BARAQUE BELLINGLISE — 744
ANNEUX BRITISH — 688
BOURLON WOOD — 670
LOUVERVAL MILITARY DOIGNIES — 612
BAPAUME POST MILITARY ALBERT — 513
OVILLERS MILITARY — 512
LONSDALE AVELUY — 492
HAWTHORN NO 1 AUCHONVILLERS — 483
REDAN RIDGE BEAUMONT HAMEL — 467
FONCQUEVILLERS MILITARY — 446
GOMMECOURT WOOD NEW — 453
WAVANS BRITISH — 403

2015

HARINGHE BANDAGHEM — 142
MENDINGHEM MILITARY — 43
DOZINGHEM MILITARY — 44
LARCHWOOD RAILWAY CUTTING — 166
STRAND MILITARY — 127
ARTILLERY WOOD — 51
CEMENT HOUSE — 53
POELCAPELLE BRITISH — 147
ST JULIEN DRESSING STATION — 152
TYNE COT — 149
VLAMERTINGHE NEW MILITARY — 78
VLAMERTINGHE MILITARY — 66
LE TREPORT MILITARY — 401
MONT HUON MILITARY LE TREPORT — 402
ESQUELBECQ MILITARY — 26
EBBLINGHEM MILITARY — 31
LA KREULE MILITARY HAZEBROUK — 33
BAILLEUIL COMMUNAL — 100
CAMBRIN MILITARY — 282
ANNOEULLIN GERMAN
QUARRY VERMELLES — 288
BOIS CARRE MILITARY HAISNES — 291
NINTH AVENUE HAISNES — 291
ST PATRCKS LOOS — 293
LOOS BRITISH — 292
NOEUX LES MINES COMMUNAL — 228
BETHUNE TOWN — 226
LE TOURET MEMORIAL — 278
MERVILLE COMMUNAL — 209
METEREN MILITARY — 99
HAZEBROUCK COMMUNAL — 37


2016

BETTRECHIES COMMUNAL
MONS COMMUNAL EXTENSION — 386
ST SYMPHORIEN MONS — 387
LANDRECIES BRIT — 821
LANDRECIES COMMUNAL — 823
ETREUX BRITISH — 825
LE REJET DE BEAULIEU COMMUNAL — 805
ORS COMMUNAL — 792
HIGHLAND LE CATEAU — 804
LE CATEAU MILITARY — 794
CAMBRAI EAST — 677
BEAUMETZ CROSS ROADS CAMBRAI — 615
LEBUCQUIERE COMMUNAL — 617
RUYAULCOURT MILITARY — 614
HERMIES BRITISH — 613
HERMIES HILL — 613
RIBECOURT ROAD TRESCAULT — 700
RIBECOURT BRITISH — 702
MARCOING BRITISH — 707
MASNIERES BRITISH — 708
VILLERS PLOUICH COMMUNAL — 704
FLESQUIERES HILL — 698
ORIVAL WOOD FLESQUIERES — 697
EPEHY WOOD FARM — 719
DOMINO BRITISH EPEHY — 714
PIGEON RAVINE EPEHY — 723
BRIE BRITISH — 661
ADELAIDE VILLERS BRETONNEUX — 543
VILLERS BRETONNEUX MILITARY — 545
CHIPILLY COMMUNAL — 551
HAGLE DUMP — 69
BRANDHOEK MILITARY — 77
BRANDHOEK MILITARY NO 3 — 77
SOLFERINO FARM — 62
DUHALLOW ADS — 63
BARD COTTAGE — 60
WIELTJE FARM — 156
DOCHY FARM NEW BRITISH — 150
TORRENKEN FARM — 113
DERRY HOUSE NO 2 — 113
R E FARM — 115
BEDFORD HOUSE — 86
DIVISIONAL — 80
DICHEBUSCH EXTENSION — 92
DICHEBUSCH NEW MILITARY — 92
THE HUTS — 79
KLEIN VIERSTRAAT BRITISH — 94
KEMMEL NO 1 FRENCH — 94
LA CLYTTE MILITARY — 95
LINDHOEK CHALET MILITARY — 105
WULVERGHEM – LINDHOEK ROAD MILITARY — 117
WESTHOUTRE BRITISH — 96
WESTOUTER CHURCHYARD — 96
GODESWAERSVELDE — 98
DRANOUTER CHURCHYARD — 101
LOCRE NO 10 — 102