Menin Road South Military Cemetery – Belgium

MENIN ROAD SOUTH MILITARY CEMETERY

On Friday 29th August 2014 Stephen and I drove to Menin Road South Military Cemetery, which is located 2 km east of Ieper (Ypres), in Belgium.

According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website http://www.cwgc.org/, the Menin Road ran from Ypres to the front line which changed position only a few kilometres during the war, and this cemetery was always in Allied control. It was used by various units and Field Ambulances from May 1915 to 1918.

There are 1657 soldiers either buried or commemorated in this cemetery.

James O’Neill, a labourer on enlistment per his service record, who joined the Coo-ees at Wellington, is the only Coo-ee buried in this cemetery. He died of wounds on 19 September 1917.

The photograph below shows James O’Neill’s headstone (2nd from the right) at Menin Road South Military Cemetery.

Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Belgium (Photograph: H. Thompson 29/8/2014)

Menin Road South Military Cemetery, Belgium (Photograph: H. Thompson 29/8/2014)

A photograph of the headstone on James O’Neill’s grave will be placed on his individual blog entry, and form part of a Roll of Honour for the fallen Coo-ees on this blog.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s