Lijssenthoek Roll of Honour - Images and details of those buried or commemorated within this cemetery
GENERAL DIRECTIONS: Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery is located 12 Kms west of Ieper town centre, on the Boescheepseweg, a road leading from the N308 connecting Ieper to Poperinge. From Ieper town centre the Poperingseweg (N308) is reached via Elverdingsestraat, then 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. On reaching Poperinge, the N308 joins the left hand turning onto the R33, Poperinge ring road. The R33 ring continues to the left hand junction with the N38 Frans-Vlaanderenweg. 800 metres along the N38 lies the left hand turning onto Lenestraat. The next immediate right hand turning leads onto Boescheepseweg. The cemetery itself is located 2 Kms along Boescheepseweg on the right hand side of the road.
During the First World War, the village of Lijssenthoek was situated on the main communication line between the Allied military bases in the rear and the Ypres battlefields. Close to the Front, but out of the extreme range of most German field artillery, it became a natural place to establish casualty clearing stations. The cemetery was first used by the French 15th Hopital D'Evacuation and in June 1915, it began to be used by casualty clearing stations of the Commonwealth forces. From April to August 1918, the casualty clearing stations fell back before the German advance and field ambulances (including a French ambulance) took their places. The cemetery contains 9,901 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 883 war graves of other nationalities, mostly French and German. The only concentration burials are 24 added to Plot XXXI in 1920 from isolated positions near Poperinghe and 17 added to Plot XXXII from St. DENIJS CHURCHYARD in 1981. It is the second largest Commonwealth cemetery in Belgium. There are 8 Special Memorial headstones to men known to be buried in this cemetery, these are located together alongside Plot 32 near the Stone of Remembrance. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.
Victoria Cross: Major Frederick Harold Tubb VC, 7th Bn. Australian Infantry, died of wounds 20th September 1917, Plot XIX. C. 5. Son of Harry and Emma E. Tubb, of St. Helena, Longwood East, Victoria, Australia. Of Longwood.
Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 29328 dated 15th Oct., 1915, records the following:-For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty at Lone Pine trenches, in the Gallipoli Peninsula, on 9th August, 1915. In the early morning the enemy made a determined counter attack on the centre of the newly captured trench held by Lieutenant Tubb. They advanced up a sap and blew in a sandbag barricade, leaving only one foot of it standing, but Lieutenant Tubb led his men back, repulsed the enemy, and rebuilt the barricade. Supported by strong bombing parties, the enemy succeeded in twice again blowing in the barricade, but on each occasion Lieutenant Tubb, although wounded in the head and arm, held his ground with the greatest coolness and rebuilt it, and finally succeeded in maintaining his position under very heavy bomb fire.
Shot at Dawn: Private William Baker, 26th Bn. Royal Fusiliers, executed for desertion 14/08/1918, plot XXV. B. 22.
The mass pardon of 306 British Empire soldiers executed for certain offences during the Great War was enacted in section 359 of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which came into effect on royal assent on 8 November 2006.
CASUALTY DETAILS: UK 7386; Canada 1058; Australia 1131; New Zealand 291; South Africa 29; India 3; Entirely Unidentified 3; Non war casualty 1; USA 3; German 223; France 658; Total Burials: 10,786
Lijssenthoek was also once known as Remy Cemetery as can be seen on the card to the right
"Everything Possible was Done to Revive Him"
Edward Roland Coar
2nd Bn. East Lancashire Regiment
Edward Coar was born in March 1895, the son of Burnley born Fred Coar and Kate Dewhurst, a native of Clayton-le-Moors, Lancashire. Fred was a Commercial traveller, specialising in wine and spirits working for Burnley based, John Taylor & Co.; Edward was their only son, they also had a daughter, Lilian. At the time of his baptism the family were living at 9 Brooklands Road, they later moved to 366 Padiham Road where they employed a domestic servant, Ireland born, Kate Potts.
Edward was educated at Burnley Grammar School but after the death of his father in 1907 the family moved from their home in Todmorden Road, to Southport, where they were living at "Lyndhurst" 61 Cedar Street with Kate's elderly mother, Alice.
By 1911, Edward had left home and was a boarder at Highgrove, the home of Ibzan Sagar who was the Cotton weaving manager at Carrington & Dewhurst's Grove mill in Chorley where Edward was employed as a Clerk.
Edward enlisted as Private 265636 of the 7th Bn. King's (Liverpool) Regiment in September 1914, he went overseas the following year on 11 March 1915. He saw service at Festubert, Loos, the Somme, Gueudecourt, Guillemont and Arras. He became a Lewis Gunner and was made a Lance-Corporal and was made an instructor in the weapon before being recommended for a commission.
He commenced his Officer training at Bristol College and was gazetted to the 2nd Bn. East Lancashire Regiment where he was appointed Divisional Lewis Gun Officer and Transport Officer. Whilst working as Transport Officer in 1918, Edward was mortally wounded by an enemy shell. He was the only officer to die at the station that day along with two other ranks.
Shortly after his death, Edward's mother, Kate, received a letter from The Rev. W. L. Archer, chaplain at the 3rd Canadian Casualty Clearing Station which was based at Remy, he told her;
"He was brought to us about 5-30pm, very severely wounded in the leg and arm, and in a very exhausted condition, so that at once it was seen that there was little hope. Everything possible was done to revive him, but there was little effect. I talked to him, and he was not in pain, but was in difficulty with his breathing and begged me to raise his shoulders. I promised to write to you and send you his love. He was, of course, frightfully weak, but I don't think he realised his real condition. Before I left him he was more comfortable and was dying. A few minutes later the end came very peacefully and quickly with no warning."
Second-Lieutenant Coar was laid to rest at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, a simple wooden cross marked his grave.
Rev. Archer continued;
"I tried to see your son's batman, but could not, as he was in great distress, having been with him when he was wounded, and, I believe, carried him out for some distance alone."
In 1919, his mother Kate applied for his medals, she eventually received them in 1921. She lived to the age of 82, dying in 1945. Her body was returned to Burnley and laid to rest with her husband Fred in Burnley cemetery. Also added to the headstone were the words; Also of Lieut. Edward Roland Coar. 2nd East Lanc. Regt. Only son of the above. Killed in Action near Ypres. Jan. 8th 1918, aged 22 years.
The inscription on the family memorial in Burnley cemetery
Above picture shows the original cross that marked Henry Burt's grave at Lijssenthoek and was sent to his next of kin after replacement by headstone; Henry Lewis Burt (who died on 24 August 1917) is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, near Poperinghe.
© IWM (EPH 950)