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Home - Remembrance & Memorials - Cemeteries in Europe - Belgium - Brandhoek

Introduction

The hamlet of Brandhoek is approximately 4 km from Poperinge heading eastwards along the N308 towards Ieper.

This page contains information about the three Commonwealth military cemeteries in Brandhoek, West Flanders, Belgium. All the Brandhoek war cemeteries were designed by Sir Reginald Bloomfield, and are maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Brandhoek Military Cemetery

Brandhoek Military Cemetery (Stephen Stratford 2011).

Brandhoek Military Cemetery was created in May 1915, adjacent to one of the many dressing stations in the area. With the New Military Cemetery being opened in July 1917, in preparation for the Third Battle of Ypres, Brandhoek Military Cemetery was closed.

Some of the graves in Brandhoek Military Cemetery (Stephen Stratford 2011).

Brandhoek Military Cemetery now contains 601 UK, 4 Australian, 2 Bermudan, 63 Canadian and 2 German burials.

Brandhoek New Military Cemetery

Brandhoek New Military Cemetery (Stephen Stratford 2011).

Until July 1917, burials were made in Brandhoek Military Cemetery. With the arrival of 32nd, 3rd Australian and 44th Casualty Clearing Stations in preparation for the Third Battle of Ypres (launched on 31 July 1917), Brandhoek New Military Cemetery was created.

This cemetery contains casualties from July and August 1917, including the graves of Captain Noel Chavasse, VC & Bar, MC and his batman Private Charles Arundel Rudd.

Private Charles Arundel Rudd (Stephen Stratford 2011).

Private Rudd was born in Birmingham, later moving to St. Helens and enlisting at Liverpool. He died of wounds on 10 August 1917, 6 days after Captain Noel Chavasse.

Brandhoek New Military Cemetery now contains the graves of 514 UK, 11 Australian, 6 Canadian and 28 German soldiers.

Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3

Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3 (Stephen Stratford 2011).

Until July 1917, burials were made in Brandhoek Military Cemetery. With the arrival of 32nd, 3rd Australian and 44th Casualty Clearing Stations in preparation for the Third Battle of Ypres (launched on 31 July 1917), Brandhoek New Military Cemetery was created.

In August 1917, Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3 was opened and continued in use until May 1918.

Graves in Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3 (Stephen Stratford 2011).

Brandhoek New Military Cemetery No. 3 contains the graves of 849 UK, 46 Australian, 1 British West Indian, 46 Canadian, 18 New Zealand, 5 South African and 1 Chinese Labour Corps soldiers. Due to the number of gun sites in the area, 25% of the graves are Artillery personnel.

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