A Tour of Zillebeke Part Six – 1st D.C.L.I. Cemetery, The Bluff

1st D.C.L.I. Cemetery, The Bluff.  The spires of Ypres on the horizon show not only how close the front lines here were to the city in 1915, but also how strategically important this slightly higher ground was to whoever could claim it, and why it was so hotly contested by both sides for much of the war.

As its name implies, the cemetery was originally used by the men of the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry during the fighting here between April and July 1915.  It was not used again until after the war when a number of isolated graves, also from the fighting in 1915, were brought in from the surrounding battlefield and reinterred on either side of the Cross of Sacrifice in Row D (above).

The Cemetery Plan, by kind permission of the CWGC, can be found right here:

1st D.C.L.I. Cemetery, The Bluff Cemetery Plan

Cemetery entrance.

Looking west across the cemetery.  The three rows in the foreground are the original burials; Row D is furthest from the camera.

Row A in the foreground with Rows B & C behind.  All but two of the graves in these three rows are D.C.L.I. men.

Cross of Sacrifice.

Row D, graves 13 to 23.  Our route down from Hedge Row Trench Cemetery can be seen in the background.  Left to right:

CAPTAIN G. J. B. FAZAKERLEY-WESTBYQUEEN VICTORIA’S RIFLES3221/04/1915D 13
PRIVATE E. C. TILNEYDEVONSHIRE REGIMENT 2122/04/1915D 14
A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WARQUEEN VICTORIA’S RIFLES
PRIVATE J. U. TICKELLDEVONSHIRE REGIMENT 1822/04/1915D 16
PRIVATE E. STEBBINGSBEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT2119/04/1915D 17
A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WAR
A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WARDEVONSHIRE REGIMENT
RIFLEMAN F. T. HALEQUEEN VICTORIA’S RIFLES2221/04/1915D 20
A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WARQUEEN VICTORIA’S RIFLES
PRIVATE J. W. WHITWHORNBEDFORDSHIRE REGIMENT1920/04/1915D 22
A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WAR

Looking north.  The two tall trees in the centre background actually grow within the boundaries of Woods Cemetery, the third of the three cemeteries on this ridge.  The headstones in the front row are, left to right:

PRIVATE W. T. SYMNSDUKE OF CORNWALL’S LIGHT INFANTRY2211/06/1915A 13
PRIVATE R. J. MOFFATDUKE OF CORNWALL’S LIGHT INFANTRY2014/06/1915A 14
PRIVATE E. A. MORRISDUKE OF CORNWALL’S LIGHT INFANTRY3818/06/1915A 15

There are 13 unknown soldiers amongst the 76 graves here.

Row D, graves 1 t0 12.  Left to right:

LANCE CORPORAL W. HINCHCLIFFEKING’S OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRYu/k18/04/1915D 1
A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WARQUEEN VICTORIA’S RIFLES
A LANCE CORPORAL OF THE GREAT WARQUEEN VICTORIA’S RIFLES
PRIVATE A. CLARKE DUKE OF WELLINGTON’S (WEST RIDING REGIMENT)2918/04/1915D 4
A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WAR
A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WARQUEEN VICTORIA’S RIFLES
A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WAR
PRIVATE W. ELLIOTTDUKE OF WELLINGTON’S (WEST RIDING REGIMENT)3018/04/1915D 8
A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WAR
A SOLDIER OF THE GREAT WAR
SECOND LIEUTENANT D. L. SUMMERHAYSQUEEN VICTORIA’S RIFLES2621/04/1915D 11
PRIVATE A. HAMILTONKING’S OWN SCOTTISH BORDERERSu/k18/04/1915D 12

CAPTAIN G. J. B. FAZAKERLEY-WESTBYQUEEN VICTORIA’S RIFLES3221/04/1915D 13

1st D.C.L.I. Cemetery, The Bluff stands in splendid isolation on the slope of the ridge.  This is a tranquil place during the summer, with the sun shining and the crops growing high in the field alongside, but personally I like this little cemetery during the winter months, when the trees are bare and the air is clear and cold and the view to Ypres away to the west uninterrupted.

Ah well, enough waxing lyrical.  Onwards to Woods Cemetery.

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2 Responses to A Tour of Zillebeke Part Six – 1st D.C.L.I. Cemetery, The Bluff

  1. LISA DRAYCOTT says:

    Thank you for taking such lovely pictures of this very special place. My Great Grandfather William Hinchcliffe is buried in plot D1. I have sent these images to my Mother.

    Lisa Draycott

  2. Magicfingers says:

    And thank you for your kind comments Lisa; the cemeteries on the Bluff are special places indeed.

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