From October 1914 to October 1918, five major offensives occurred at Ypres (now Ieper) in Belgium. By the time the last shells fell in Ypres in October 1918, nearly 200,000 Commonwealth servicemen had been killed.

King George V visiting Forceville Communal cemetery 

The graves in Plot II relate to the Somme offensive of July and August 1916 and those in Plot III to the operations of the autumn of 1916.

Visitors to the cemetery including King George V

In the spring of 1917, the front line moved to the east and it was not until the German advances of April 1918 which came to a halt just east of the cemetery that further burials were made in Plot IV.

An early photo of Forceville Communal Cemetery

The botanist Sir Arthur Hill visited Forceville Communal Cemetery and Extension. Hill was an Assistant Director at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, and was sent by the Commission to visit the cemeteries to make recommendations on planting.