16th Bn., London Regt (Queen's Westminster Rifles)
who died on
Friday, 14th January 1916.
HOP STORE CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Grave Reference/ Panel
Plot I. Row B. Grave 35.
Hop Store Cemetery is located 5.5 km west of Ieper town centre on the
Casselsestraat, a road leading from the N308 Poperingseweg, connecting Ieper to Poperinge.
From Ieper town centre the Poperingseweg (N308), is reached via Elverdingsestraat then
directly over two small roundabouts in the J. Capronstraat. The Poperingseweg is a
continuation of the J.Capronstraat and begins after a prominent railway level crossing. 5
km along the Poperingseweg, immediately after the village of Vlamertinge lies the right
hand turning onto Casselsestraat. The cemetery itself lies 100 metres after this right
hand turning on the right hand side of the road. The old hop store which gives the
cemetery its name is still visible on the main road.
Vlamertinge village was, during the greater part of the war, at the extreme normal range
of the German artillery, and was used from time to time as Headquarters both by our Heavy
Artillery and by our Field Ambulances. The Hop Store Cemetery was on the safer side of the
village; but it remained a small cemetery owing to its position between a hedge and the
premises of the Hop Store itself. The site was low and marshy, particularly at the west
end. It was drained by the Royal Engineers early in 1917, and recently a broad moat has
been constructed on three sides.
It was opened in May, 1915, and the burials are almost exclusively of 1915 and 1917.
There are now over 250, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site.