In Memory of
1st/13th Kensington Bn., London Regiment
who died on
Sunday, 9th May 1915. Age 22.
Son of Peter and Sarah McLean, of 19A, Huddleston Rd., Tufnell Park, London.
The Berks Cemetery Extension, Viewed from the Car park of the Bistro across the road
Close-up of the memorial
PLOEGSTEERT MEMORIAL, Comines-Warneton, Hainaut, Belgium
The Memorial commemorates over 11,000 men who have no known grave. They fought throughout the War on Belgian soil beside French troops, and died in France or Belgium when the frontier was of little interest in this area in which trench warfare lasted longest.
The Memorial is a covered circular colonnade, 20 metres across and 11 metres high,
enclosing an open space, and is entered by an opening between two stone lions. The names
of the dead are carved on panels set in the walls of the colonnade. They belonged to
thirty-six different Divisions and to a hundred Regiments; of these Regiments the Rifle
Brigade with 559 names, the Northumberland Fusiliers with 535 and the Durham Light
Infantry with 444 claim the largest individual shares.
It serves the area from the line Caestre- Dranoutre- Warneton, on the north to the line Haverskerque- Estaires-Fournes on the south, in which the best-known features are the towns of Hazebrouck, Merville, Bailleul and Armentieres, the Forest of Nieppe, and Ploegsteert Wood; and it covers the period from the arrival of the III Corps in this area in 1914 to the date of the Armistice with Germany.
The Battles of Ypres and Messines fall to the north of these limits, and the Offensives of 1915 mainly to the south; the normal state of the area, during the greater part of the War, was one of trench warfare.
( Information from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission )
The main part of the cemetery
Interior of the memorial
Here He is!