West Flanders (West-Vlaanderen) Belgium
Postal Code: 8900
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Ypres Town Cemetery, close to the Menin Gate, is located 1 kilometre east of Ieper town centre, on the Zonnebeekseweg, connecting Ieper to Menen on the N345. From Ieper town centre the Zonnebeekseweg is located via Torhoutstraat and right onto Basculestraat. Basculestraat ends at a main crossroads, and the Zonnebeekseweg is the first left turning. The cemetery itself is located 300 metres along the Zonnebeekseweg on the right hand side of the road. Wheelchair access possible via main entrance.
It is an old cemetery but still in use; it was used from October 1914 to May 1915, and once in 1918. It contains 145 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, grouped in plots among the civil graves. From October 1914 to the summer of 1918, Ypres (now Ieper) formed the centre of a salient held by Commonwealth (and for a while French) forces. From April 1915, the town was bombarded and destroyed more completely than any other town of its size on the western front.
A notable interment here is that of His Highness Prince Maurice of Battenberg, the youngest grandchild of Her Majesty Queen Victoria.
There is an extension cemetery on the east side of the town cemetery, which was begun in October 1914 and which is exclusively for wargraves of both wars and for CWGC staff. [text by Geoffrey Gillon]