Bedford House is one of the largest cemeteries in the Ypres salient and one of the most interesting. It stands on the site of a country house called Chateau Rosendal which stood in a small wooded park with moats. Soldiers knew it as Bedford House. Although it never fell into German hands, the house and the trees were gradually destroyed by shell fire. Now nothing remains apart from ruins of the old cellars and part of the moat. Bedford House was used by field ambulances and as the headquarters of brigades and other fighting units, and charcoal pits were dug there from October 1917. In time, the property became largely covered by small cemeteries which were brought together after the war into larger ones. In all, 5,139 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War are buried or commemorated in the enclosures of Bedford House Cemetery. Second World War burials number 69. There are 2 Germans buried here. The cemetery was designed by W.C. Von Berg.

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14 images Some pictures of the Cemetery, taken 14 December 2014. A large cemetery, beautifully designed in several sections, which are separated by water.
By John Stokes on Sunday 14th December '14 at 6:53pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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