South of Ploegsteert Part Five – Tancrez Farm Cemetery

Just a minute’s drive east of Motor Car Corner Cemetery we find Tancrez Farm Cemetery, the fifth stop on our tour.

Begun in December 1914 by the Lancashire Fusiliers and the King’s Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment), the cemetery was used by many different regiments on a fairly regular basis until early 1918.

No photos please.  Too late.

Tancrez Farm          Tancrez Farm

The cemetery is divided into just two plots, Plot I (nearest camera) being by far the largest.  See the Tancrez Farm Cemetery Plan for details.

View looking east from the western boundary.  The cemetery grew up around an aid post situated in a nearby farmhouse, and nearly all the men buried here would have either died on the short journey from the front line, or died here before they could be transported by field ambulance to the Casualty Clearing Stations further west.

Plot I Rows H (right) and J.

Tancrez Farm          Tancrez Farm

Row H again (left), and the rest of Plot I.  The single German headstone marks the grave of one of two Germans buried in this cemetery.

Looking south across Plot I towards the Cross of Sacrifice.

Back-to-back headstones in Plot I, this time looking south west.

Two of only six unknown burials, among 333 in total, alongside the final burial, that of:

PRIVATE J. T. HOWELL20th BN. AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY3409/03/1918I K 9

PRIVATE W. SWIFTTHE LOYAL NORTH LANCASHIRE REGIMENT2809/06/1917II H 10

Two Australians, both men of the 34th Battalion, both killed in May 1917.  Left to right:

PRIVATE M. THOMPSON34th BN. AUSTRALIAN INFANTRYu/k17/05/1917II H 6
PRIVATE J. LOOS34th BN. AUSTRALIAN INFANTRY2118/05/1917II H 7

Plot II, looking north.  The second German grave is visible beneath the tree at the end of Row C.

Panning left, Plot II nearest camera, Plot I beyond…

…and still further left, now looking due west.

As you may have gathered earlier, Baldrick was not in the best of moods this fine day and was seemingly intent on shunning publicity as much as possible (most unlike him), hence the reason that he hasn’t really featured that much on this particular tour.  Still, I did manage to persuade him that this photo would be enhanced by his presence, and as you can see, it most surely is.

Plot II.

At the time of visiting, a number of headstones in Plot I had been temporarily removed for renovation.

Plot I Rows A & B, looking south west.

Five down, one to go.  Our final stop, Le Touquet Railway Crossing Cemetery, is just up the road.

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