BETHLEEM FARM EAST CEMETERY
- Country Belgium
- Total identified casualties 37 Find these casualties
- Region West-Vlaanderen
- Casualties from First World War
- GPS Coordinates Latitude: 50.76081, Longitude: 2.91151
The shelter building at Bethleem Farm East Cemetery is currently undergoing significant work from 3 May 2021 until 16 July 2021. 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.
Bethleem Farm East cemetery is located 10 Km south of Ieper town centre and 1 km south east of Mesen, on a road called the Rijselstraat, which leads from Mesen market square. (Mesen itself is located 10 Km from Ieper via the N365 connecting Ieper to Armentieres). The cemetery lies 1 Km beyond Mesen market place along the Rijselstraat, on the left hand side of the road. Visitors to this site should note a 250 metre grassed access path which is unsuitable for vehicles.
Wheelchair access possible via main entrance.
For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Department on telephone number: 01628 634221
Bethleem Farm East Cemetery was made by Australian units when the nearby Bethleem Farm was captured by the 3rd Australian Division on 7 June 1917, in the Battle of Messines. The majority of the burials are those of officers and men killed in action on 8 or 10 June, though the cemetery continued to be used until the following September. There is also a West Cemetery nearby.
There are 44 servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. Eight of the burials are unidentified but a special memorial commemorates one casualty know to be buried among them.
The cemetery was designed by G H Goldsmith.