Cheltonians Buried In Buffs Road Cemetery, South of Ypres

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Cheltonians Buried In

 Buffs Road Cemetery, near Wieltje, Belgium


Location:  The cemetery is located to the North East of the town of Ieper (Ypres), West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

History:   Buffs Road was the name given to a small lane, which ran between Boundary Road and Admiral’s Road, just to the north of the hamlet of Wieltje.  The cemetery was made and used by fighting units between July 1917 and March 1918, and after the Armistice graves were brought into it (Row EE and part of Row B) from the battlefields.  There are now 289 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 86 of the burials are unidentified and there are special memorials to ten casualties whose graves in the cemetery were destroyed by shell fire.


1 Cheltonian is buried in this Cemetery

Private Albert James BURNETT, of the13th Battalion Gloucestershire Regiment, is buried in Row C, Grave 14 in this cemetery.

He was killed in action on 31st July 1917 during the actions in the area of Pilckem Ridge on the first day of the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele).

He was 24 years of age.

He is commemorated on the Cheltenham War Memorial, the Holy Trinity Church Roll of Honour, the St John’s Church War Memorial and the Salem Baptist Church Roll of Honour.

His parents, Mr Timothy Cleary Burnett and Mrs Elsie Annie resided at 36 Keynsham Street, Cheltenham.

This photo of him was printed in the “Cheltenham Chronicle and Gloucestershire Graphic” published on 25th August 1917.



Page last updated:   21st August 2014

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