Berks Cemetery Extension

A tour group visit graves at Berks Cemetery Extension, Ploegsteert, Ypres Salient.

There are 876 burials of Commonwealth servicemen in this cemetery.

The cemetery was started here in June 1916. It was used for burials until September 1917. After the First World War graves from the Rosenberg Chateau Military Cemetery and Extension were brought to this cemetery for reburial.

“Hyde Park Corner”

A road junction north of the wood of Ploegsteert (“Plugstreet Wood”) was named Hyde Park Corner by the British soldiers.

“Plugstreet Wood”

The large wood north of the village of Ploegsteert was named “Plugstreet Wood” by the British soldiers serving there. It has become one of the well-known place names in British military history.

Design

Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing, located in the grounds of the Berks Cemetery Extension
Ploegsteert Memorial

Harold Chalton Bradshaw designed this cemetery together with the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing and the Berks Cemetery Extension.

Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing

The Ploegsteert Memorial, commemorating over 11,000 officers and men of the United Kingdom and South African Forces is located in the grounds of the Berks Cemetery Extension.

Ploegsteert Memorial

Location of Berks Cemetery Extension

Berks Cemetery Extension is located approximately 12.5 kms south of the centre of Ypres (Ieper). It is situated on the west side of the N365 main road between Mesen (Messines) and Armentières. The Ploegsteert Memorial is situated in the grounds of the cemetery.

Parking

There is a designated parking layby at the memorial and the cemetery. Visitors are advised to take great care when moving about parked vehicles. Special care should be taken if crossing the road to the Hyde Park Corner (Royal Berks) Cemetery on the opposite side of the road. Children should be supervised at all times when near this road.

Related Topics

Hyde Park Corner (Royal Berks) Cemetery

Lijssenthoek Cemetery, south of Poperinge.
Lijssenthoek Cemetery

Located on the opposite side of the road to the Ploegsteert Memorial, a small cemetery contains the remains of two young soldiers who served and were killed in action under-age.

Hyde Park Corner (Royal Berks) Cemetery

Cemeteries in the Ypres Salient

Cemeteries in the Ypres Salient

Acknowledgements

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC)

Website: www.cwgc.org

See our page on the CWGC and the information available to family historians:

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission