Memorial Register, Belgium 37, WW1, Ridge Wood Military Cemetery, Voormezeele, Belgium

RIDGE WOOD MILITARY CEMETERY VOORMEZEELE. CEMETERY INDEX NUMBER B 37. O O R M E ZE E LEis a village and commune in the Province of West Flanders two miles South o f Ypres between the roads to Messines and Kemmel. Ridge Wood was the name given to a wood standing on high ground between the Kemmel road and Dickebusch Lake and the Military Cemetery stands outside the South-West corner of the Wood. It is about half a mile from the Kemmel-Brouwery halte on the light railway from Ypres. The cemetery lies in a hollow on the Western side of the Ridge and the position was chosen fora“ front-line cemetery ”as early Mayas 1915. The first graves belonged to the 2nd Royal Irish Rifles and similar groups were made by the 18th 19th 20th and 21st Canadian Battalions and the 9th Durham Light Infantry at the times when they occupied this sector. The Battles of the Lys, in the spring of 1918 brought the British front back onto the Ridge and it was not till July that the Wood was finally cleared by the 6th and 33rd Divisions. There are few burials from these last battles in the cemetery and the graves o f some French Divisions which fought with our own in April and May have been Ridge Wood Military Cemetery covers an area of 4460 square yards. It contains the graves of 292 soldiers from Canada 259 from the United Kingdom (including one whose position cannot now be traced) 44 from Australia 3 from New Zealand and 20 whose unit in our forces is not known and two German prisoners are buried in it. The boundary is marked by a thorn hedge and a low curb. The cemetery is planted with Lombardy poplars. It lies between open fields and the Wood and it commands views of Dickebusch Vlamertinghe, and Mount Kemmel. removed. The Register records particulars o f 618 British and Dominion burials.
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