PROWSE POINT MILITARY CEMETERY
- Country Belgium
- Total identified casualties 227 Find these casualties
- Region Hainaut
- Casualties from First World War
- GPS Coordinates Latitude: 50.74426, Longitude: 2.899
Works are taking place at this cemetery from 3 May 2021 until 17 July 2021. Following frost damage, caused by water infiltration issues, the shelter building shows cracks. The building will be restored by use of original techniques and materials, based on the CWGC Heritage Principles and Conservation Philosophy. The cemetery remains open to the public.
Prowse Point Military Cemetery is located 11.5 Kms south of Ieper town centre, on a road leading from the Rijselseweg N365, which connects Ieper to Wijtschate, Mesen, Ploegsteert and on to Armentieres. From Ieper town centre the Rijselsestraat runs from the market square, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort) and directly over the crossroads with the Ieper ring road. The road name then changes to the Rijselseweg. 2 Kms after Mesen lies the left hand turning onto Rue St.Yvon. The cemetery is located 600 metres along this road on the right hand side.
Wheelchair access to this site is possible, but maybe by an alternative entrance.
For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Department on telephone number: 01628 634221
This cemetery is unique on the Salient for being named after an individual. It is the site of the stand by the 1st Bn. Hampshire Regiment and the 1st Bn. Somerset Light Infantry in October 1914, which featured the heroism of a Major Charles Prowse - later as Brigadier-General C.B. Prowse, DSO (Somerset Light Infantry), he would be killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme, whilst commanding the 11th Infantry Brigade (he is buried in Louvencourt Military Cemetery).
The cemetery was begun by the 2nd Royal Dublin Fusiliers and the 1st Royal Warwicks, and was used from November 1914 to April 1918.
It contains 231 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.
The cemetery was designed by W H Cowlishaw.