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Bard Cottage Cemetery

ejwalshe

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For much of the Great War, the village of Boesinghe (now Boezinge) directly faced the German line across the Yser canal. Bard Cottage was a house a little set back from the line, close to a bridge called Bard's Causeway, and the cemetery was made nearby in a sheltered position under a high bank. Burials were made between June 1915 and October 1918 and they reflect the presence of the 49th (West Riding), the 38th (Welsh) and other infantry divisions in the northern sectors of the Ypres Salient, as well as the advance of artillery to the area in the autumn of 1917. After the Armistice, 46 graves were brought in to Plot VI, Row C, from the immediate area, including 32 from MARENGO FARM CEMETERY (this was located a few hundred metres to the south of Bard Cottage, on the same side of the road. It was used from June 1915 to August 1916). There are now 1,639 Commonwealth casualties of the Great War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 39 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate three casualties known to be buried among them. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

 



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clive_hughes

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Thank you ejwalshe,

A place sadly special to me since it contains more known Anglesey casualties than any other on the Western Front.  Some 13 lie here, most with the Royal Welsh Fusiliers of 38th Divn. and one in the Welsh Regiment. 

 

However it also includes a former member of the Royal Anglesey REs transferred to the Yorks & Lancs Regiment, and one of your Canadians - Cpl. Eames (at 4:23).  He had emigrated to the USA, then joined a CEF "American" battalion under an assumed name before serving in France & Flanders with the 7th Canadian Railway Troops.  Something prompted him to confess his true identity just a month before his death.  When returning on horseback from some duty he was apparently killed by an aerial bomb, a splinter of which pierced his chest. 

 

They have recut or replaced some of the headstones since my last visit.   The older trees have also seemingly been replaced by younger ones.  

 

Clive

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