In Memory of


Rifleman 1651
16th Bn., London Regt (Queen's Westminster Rifles)
who died on
Friday, 14th January 1916.


The Hop Store

HOP STORE CEMETERY, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium

Grave Reference/ Panel Number:
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.

Historical Information:
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.


( Information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission )


View from the road, a very nice part of the world now.


Logic says there must be, but it really hits home when you see just how many of these signs there are in Flanders


Someone does a good job looking after the place


The neighbours


Dad's Uncle Tim