Artillery Wood, just east of the Yser canal, was captured by the Guards Division in July 1917. They began the cemetery just north of the wood and it continued as a front line cemetery until March 1918. At the time of the Armistice, it contained 141 graves but it was enlarged when burials were moved here from scattered graves and smaller cemeteries in the area. Two famous poets lie buried here, Francis Ledwidge from Ireland and Hedd Wyn from Wales. Both died on the same day.
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