21-09-07

DADIZEELE NEW BRITISH CEMETERY

Yesterday I went on one of my famous pillbox photograph hunts in the 'Westhoek'. Famous because the members of the FEW know that it sometimes becomes a real adventure.
However this time it turned out otherwise...

When arriving at Dadizeele New British Cemetery to photograph the large bunker there, my eye fell on the many Scottish graves of several units. A silence came over me, I went back in thoughts to the Scottish Weekend at Zonnebeke.

But these men had not given their lives at Passchendaele. They died during what we Flemish people call the 'Liberation offensive', the final offensive to the liberation of Flanders and of Belgium and the last months of the war in 1918...

The village of Dadizeele (now Dadizele) was in German hands for much of the First World War until reached by the 36th (Ulster) Division, and taken by the 9th (Scottish) Division, on 29 September 1918. Severe fighting followed on 1 October, at Hill 41, a little south of the village. Dadizeele New British Cemetery is in fact an extension of the communal cemetery.
It was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from other burial grounds and from the battlefields of 1918, although there are a few 1914 graves in Plot VI, Row D. The graves are mainly those of the 36th, 9th and 35th Divisions.
The cemetery contains 1,029 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 158 of the burials are unidentified and there are special memorials to seven casualties known or believed to be buried in the cemetery. Other special memorials bear the names of three soldiers buried in German cemeteries, whose graves could not be found on concentration. The cemetery was designed by Charles Holden.

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14:34 Gepost door Johan R. Ryheul in Algemeen | Permalink | Commentaren (1) |  Facebook |

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I see my great uncle here (Charles Wallace Irvine). I am building a website for him: www.nahpoo.co.uk

Gepost door: Damian | 25-09-08

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