Ten Rutland soldiers lie in this cemetery, indicating the amount of time Midland battalions spent in this part of the line. Four of them were killed together on the same day in August 1917. Richard Corner, Thomas Woodcock, Fred Chambers and Clarence Ellicott, of the 5th Battalion Leicestershire Regiment, were among eleven soldiers killed by a shell as they moved up to the front line to take part in a major raid in August 1917. They all lie in a row in plot I, row U. The cemetery itself was started in August 1915. In 1916 it was taken over by the 16th (Irish) Division, which held the Loos Salient at the time. In those days, some units jealously guarded their right to bury their dead in a particular ground. For a short time there was a notice outside Philosophe put up by the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers claiming it was their private property and warning other units to stay away. Succeeding divisions used the cemetery until October 1918, and men of the same division, and often the same battalion, were buried side by side, as in the Leicestershire men. After the Armistice, Philosophe was used for the concentration of isolated graves from the Loos battlefield. Other Rutlanders who are buried here are Anthony Fenwick, Cecil Killips, Harold Skinner, Charles Smith MM, Arthur Wignell and Herbert Woods. The cemetery as seen today was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.
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