Memorial Register, Belgium 127, WW1, Railway Dugouts Burial Ground (Transport Farm), Zillebeke, Belgium

RAILWAY DUGOUTS BURIAL GROUND (TRANSPORT FARM) ZILLEBEKE ILL E B EKE is a village and commune in the Province of West Flanders on the South-East side of Yprcs and Railway Dugouts Burial Ground is a mile West of the village between the South-West corner of Zillebeke Lake and the Ypres -Comines railway line. At this point the railway runs anon embankment overlooking a small farmstead known to the British Army as Transport Farm. It is a place screened by slightly rising ground to the East and burials on the site of the cemetery began in April, 1915. They were continued until the Armistice especially in 1916 and 1917 when Advanced Dressing Stations were placed in the Dugouts and the farm. They were made in small groups without any definite arrangement and in the summer of 1917 a considerable number were obliterated by shellfire before they could be marked. The names “Railway Dugouts ”and “Transport Farm ”were used indifferently and both are included in the present name. At the time of the Armistice 1705 graves were known and marked. Other graves numbering 422 were then brought in from the battlefields and small cemeteries in the neighbourhood and 259 known graves destroyed by artillery fire were specially commemorated. The latter were mainly in the present Plots IV and VII. The cemetery contains the graves of 1629 soldiers from the United Kingdom, 594 from Canada 154 from Australia three from New Zealand three from India and one of the British West Indies R egt. two men whose unit in our forces is not known and four German prisoners. Of these 429 are unnamed and 258 are represented by special memorials and other special memorials record the names of 43 soldiers from Canada and 31 from the United Kingdom buried in other cemeteries whose graves were destroyed in later fighting. The cemetery covers an area of 19584 square yards. It lies between the pond and buildings of “Transport Farm ”on the North farmlands on the East and West and the railway embankment on the South. It is enclosed (except where it borders the pond) by a rubble wall and a beech hedge and planted with chestnuts, limes and other trees. The town of Ypres and the village of Zillebeke can be seen from it. The Register records particulars of 2460 War Graves. CEMETERY INDEX NUMB E RB. 127
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