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Home - Remembrance & Memorials - Cemeteries in Europe - Belgium - Red Farm Military Cemetery

Introduction

There are well over 100 Commonwealth military cemeteries and memorials in the former Ypres Salient area. Some are extremely large, such as the cemetery at Tyne Cot or the Menin Gate Memorial, but there are a number that are quite small. One such small cemetery is Red Farm Military Cemetery.

Red Farm Military Cemetery

Red Farm Military Cemetery (Stephen Stratford 2011).

Red Farm Military Cemetery is located just east of Poperinge, on the N308 towards Brandhoek, Vlamertinge and Ieper.

During the Battle of Lys in April 1918, a new cemetery was created near the "Red Farm" which was used during April and May 1918 as a Dressing Station.

The cemetery contains the graves of 46 UK (17 unknown and 36 identified) soldiers, There is also a grave containing the remains of 3 Belgian Civilians. Due to the small land area occupied by the cemetery, the Cross of Sacrifice was scaled down in size and there is no Stone of Remembrance. The cemetery was designed for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission by A. J. S. Hutton.

The graves in Red Farm Military Cemetery (Stephen Stratford 2011).

Of the 29 identified casualties, 15 are soldiers from the Royal Garrison Artillery; 3 from the Machine Gun Corps; 2 each from the Royal Irish Rifles, King's Royal Rifle Corps and Army Service Corps; 1 each from the Royal West Kents, King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, Royal Field Artillery, Middlesex Regiment and Royal West Surreys.

There is one headstore for a grave containing the remains of 3 Belgian civilains.

Grave with 3 Belgian Civilians & grave of Private Albert Mileham (Stephen Stratford 2011).

The grave on the right-hand side of the above photograph is that of G/50683 Private Alfred Mileham, 23rd Middlesex Regiment. Alfred Mileham was born in Wokingham, Berkshire, before moving to Wembley, Middlesex. He enlisted in the Middlesex Regiment at Mill Hill. Entitled to the British War and Victory Medals. Private Mileham died of wounds on 6 May 1918. The entry for Private Alfred Mileham in the Army Register of Soldiers' Effects, contained in the National Army Museum, confirm that his next-of-kin was his wife May.

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