LIJSSENTHOEK MILITARY CEMETERY

Grave/Memorial Reference: XXVII. F.F. 17A. 


Corporal B/202314 Sidney JARVIS. 10th Battalion, Rifle Brigade. Died 11th February 1918 aged 27 years. Son of Samuel William and Lois Jarvis of 8, Stratford Street, Tunbridge Wells, Kent. Buried Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium. Grave reference XXVII.F.F.17A. The 10th Rifle Brigade was formed at Winchester September 1914 (K2). To Blackdown February 1915 (59th Brigade, 20th (Light) Division). To Hamilton Camp near Stonehenge April 1915. Landed France 27th July 1915. Disbanded 5th February 1918 near La Clytte, France personnel moved to 3rd, 11th, 12th and 13th battalion’s.The 20th Division fought throughout November and December 1917 in the Battle of Cambrai. The division attacked and captured Bourlon Wood between 23-28 November. The Germans counterattacked between 30 November – 3 December 1917. The 20th Division spent the beginning of 1918 out of the line, and on 21 March 1918 when the Germans launched their offensive in Picardy, were in reserve around Nesle. It would appear that Sidney was probably wounded near Boulon Wood during the Battle of Cambrai. He was recovered through the medical evacuation chain to a Base or Stationery Hospital near Poperinghe in Belgium where he eventually succumbed to his wounds. He was buried in the hospital’s dedicated burial ground. (By kind permission of kentfallen.com)


Country: Belgium Locality: Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen Visiting Information: Wheelchair access to the cemetery is possible, but may be by an alternative entrance. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number: 01628 507200 Location Information: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery is located 12 kilometres west of Ieper town centre, on the Boescheepseweg, a road leading from the N308 connecting Ieper to Poperinge. From Ieper town centre the Poperingseweg (N308) is reached via Elverdingsestraat, then over two small roundabouts in the J. Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a continuation of the J. Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. On reaching Poperinge, the N308 joins the left hand turning onto the R33, Poperinge ring road. The R33 ring continues to the left hand junction with the N38 Frans- Vlaanderenweg. 800 metres along the N38 lies the left hand turning onto Lenestraat. The next immediate right hand turning leads onto Boescheepseweg. The cemetery itself is located 2 kilometres along Boescheepseweg on the right hand side of the road. Historical Information: During the First World War, the village of Lijssenthoek was situated on the main communication line between the Allied military bases in the rear and the Ypres battlefields. Close to the Front, but out of the extreme range of most German field artillery, it became a natural place to establish casualty clearing stations. The cemetery was first used by the French 15th Hopital D’Evacuation and in June 1915, it began to be used by casualty clearing stations of the Commonwealth forces. From April to August 1918, the casualty clearing stations fell back before the German advance and field ambulances (including a French ambulance) took their places. The cemetery contains 9,901 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, a few of which were brought in from the battlefields after the Armistice, and 883 war graves of other nationalities, mostly French and German. It is the second largest Commonwealth cemetery in Belgium. There are 5 Special Memorial headstones to men known to be buried in this cemetery, these are located together alongside Plot 32 near the Stone of Remembrance. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield. No. of Identified Casualties: 10752

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