During the First World War, Brandhoek was within the area comparatively safe from shell fire which extended beyond Vlamertinghe Church. Field ambulances were posted there continuously. Until July 1917 burials had been made in the Military Cemetery, but the arrival of the 32nd, 3rd Australian and 44th Casualty Clearing Stations, in preparation for the new Allied offensive launched that month, made it necessary to open the New Military Cemetery. A notable burial here is Noel Godfrey Chavasse who uniquely won the VC and Bar. The New Military Cemetery continued in use until May 1918. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

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Edgar Stooke (one of four brothers who fell) is buried here. He died in April 1918 aged 18 (two weeks after his brother, Frederick).
By cbrandal on Monday 2nd June '14 at 4:29pm
4 images Some pictures of the Cemetery, taken 13 December 2014
By John Stokes on Saturday 13th December '14 at 7:55pm
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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