West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen) Belgium
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Visiting Information: Wheelchair access to site possible, but may be by an alternative entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200.
Location Information: The cemetery is located to the North East of the town of Ieper. From the station turn left and drive along M.Fochlaan to the roundabout, turn right and go to the next roundabout. Here turn left into M.Haiglaan and drive to the next roundabout. Here turn right into Oude Veurnestraat, this then changes into Diksmuidseweg and Brugseweg. Drive along this road and continue straight over the traffic lights to the end of the road. At the T junction turn left (still Brugseweg) and continue along this road (the N313) to the village of Sint Jan. At the crossroads in the village turn right onto the N345 (Potijzestraat), follow along to the next crossroads and turn left into Zonnebeekseweg. The cemetery is located on the left hand side approx 50 metres after the crossroads.
Historical Information: Potijze was within the Allied lines during practically the whole of the First Word War and although subject to incessant shell fire, Potijze Chateau contained an advanced dressing station. Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery was used from April 1915 to June 1917, and three times in 1918. Among those buried in the cemetery are 46 officers and men of the 2nd Hampshire Regiment (Row A) and 19 of the 1st Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers (Rows E and F) who died in a gas attack in August 1916. The cemetery contains 157 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.
No. of Identified Casualties: 151