Perth Cemetery (China Wall)

Zillebeke, Ieper, Belgium

Perth Cemetery (China Wall) is located 3km east of Ieper town centre. on the road connecting Ieper to Menin. The road to Ieper goes past “Gordon House” to “Hellfire Corner” where it crosses the Ypres-Roulers railway line. Near Gordon House this road was crossed by the communication trench known (in full) as the Great Wall of China.
Perth Cemetery was begun by French Troops in November 1914 and adopted by the 2nd Scottish Rifles in June 1917. It was called Perth (for an unknown reason), China Wall or Halfway House Cemetery. It was used as a front line cemetery until October 1917 when it occupied about half of the present Plot1 and contained 130 graves. It was not used again until after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields around Ypres and from certain smaller cemeteries. The French Plot was then enlarged but the 158 French graves have been moved to another cemetery.
There are now over 2,500, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated on this site of which nearly half are unidentified.