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Divisional Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium

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  • Auckland Weekly News.
    Dvr. Harold George Pollock (1894 - 1917)
    Harold George Pollock was born in Ōamaru, New Zealand, on 10 February 1894 (reg. 1894/6878). He was the son of James Pollock (1856-1896) and Margaret Flemming Sansom (formerly Pollock, nee Bryson) (185...
  • Auckland Weekly News 1917.
    Gnr. Herbert August Leonard Hillmer (1888 - 1917)
    Herbert August Leonard Hillmer was the son of Johann Louis Ferdinand Hillmer and Johanna Wilhelmina Augusta Hillmer (nee Sixtus) who had married in Nelson on 28 December 1868. Gunner in NZFA, file numb...

Divisional Cemetery, Dickebusch Road is located 2 km west of Ieper town centre. From Ieper town centre the Poperingseweg (N308), is reached via Elverdingsestraat then straight over two small roundabouts in the J. Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a continuation of J. Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. 1km along the Poperingseweg lies the left hand turning onto Omloopstraat. The cemetery itself is located 100 metres along the Omloopstraat on the right hand side of the road.

The cemetery was first used by Commonwealth units at the end of April 1915 and continued in use until May 1916. Row C contains the collective grave of 23 men of the 2nd Duke of Wellington's (West Riding) Regiment who were killed in the German gas attack at Hill 60 on 5 May 1915. The cemetery was used again from July 1917, mostly by artillery units, for burials arising from the 1917 Flanders offensive. There are now 283 First World War burials within the cemetery. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Source: New Zealand War Graves Project via