Ploegsteert Memorial

Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium

The Ploegsteert Memorial stands in the Berks Cemetery Extension which is at Ploegsteert just over 12km south of Ieper on the side of the N365 Ieper to Armentieres road. On the opposite side of the road lies the Hyde Park Corner Berks Cemetery.
The Memorial is a covered circular colonade enclosing an open space and is entered by an opening between two stone lions. The names of the dead are carved in panels set in the walls of the colonade. It commemorates over 11,000 men who have no known grave, who fought throughout the war on Belgian soil beside French troops and died in France or Belgium when the frontier was of little interest in this area in which trench warfare lasted longest.
The casualties belong to 36 different Divisions and 100 Regiments; of these Regiments the Rifle Brigade with 559 names, the Northumberland Fusiliers with 535 and the Durham Light Infantry with 444 claim the largest shares.

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