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Predominance of Artillery?

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#1 Beselare

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 12:47 PM

On a recent visit to Vlamertinge New Military Cemetery (my last visit was 35 years ago!), I was struck by the number of artillery graves. I didn't count them, but it seemed as if it must have been about 80%. Does anyone know the reason for such an artillery concentration?

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 01:03 PM

From CWGC:

For much of the First World War, Vlamertinghe (now Vlamertinge) was just outside the normal range of German shell fire and the village was used both by artillery units and field ambulances. Burials were made in the original Military Cemetery until June 1917, when the New Military Cemetery was begun in anticipation of the Allied offensive launched on this part of the front in July. Although the cemetery continued in use until October 1918, most of the burials are from July to December 1917.

So there seemed to be a concentration of artillery there and any wounded men would have gone straight to the several FAs first rather than being spread around a wider area with a wider range of FAs to go to?

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:38 PM

The cemetery was within walking distance of a large number of artillery batteries and brigade HQs. I've researched several men of the RFA who lie there, and all were killed within a mile of it.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:00 AM

To Spof and Chris

Thank you for your responses. I noticed several pieces of shrapnel lying around the headstones, so the cemetery area was obviously shelled at some point.

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