Poelcapelle British Cemetery

grafzerken John Condon en Carthy_gecomprimeerd

The Germans conquered Poelcapelle from the French on 20 October 1914. On 4 October 1917, the 11th Division succeeded in taking back the village during the Third Battle of Ypres. The British lost it once again in April 1918, during the retreat into Ypres. Belgian definitively regained it on 28 September 1918.

The municipality had various German military cemeteries. Very close to the Poelcapelle British Cemetery, there was the Poelcapelle East German Cemetery, which was made by the Germans, and Poelcapelle New German Cemetery, which was made by the British excavation teams after the war.

Poelcapelle British Cemetery originated after the war because scattered graves from the surrounding battlefields and smaller cemeteries were cleared and brought here. The vast majority of the victims died during the second half of 1917, especially in October, but there are also many graves with victims from 1914 and 1915.

7,478 Commonwealth victims from the First World War are commemorated here. 6,200 of these are unidentified.

There are two noteworthy tombstones standing next to one another in the cemetery. The one is a tombstone of Thomas Carthy, who was his regiment's oldest war victim.  John Condon, whose tombstone bears the inscription "age 14", is buried next to him. Apparently he was the youngest war victim on the British side. However, recent research has shown that there was probably a mistake here and that Condon was 18.

Open every day from sunrise to sunset
Entrance free
Parking: Brugseweg Poelcapelle
Guides available from the Tourist Office on application