First D.C.L.I. Cemetery
History Information (Source: CWGC)
The commune of Zillebeke contains many Commonwealth cemeteries as the front line trenches ran through it during the greater part of the First World War. The trenches of the 14th (Light) Division on the narrow ridge known as the Bluff were captured by the Germans in February 1916, and retaken by the 3rd Division on 2 March. In the following July the Germans blew a mine under it, but failed to capture the ground. It was given up in the spring of 1918, but regained by the 14th Division on 28 September.
The First D.C.L.I. Cemetery dates from a period earlier than the fighting of 1916. It contains the graves of officers and men of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (one of whom had just obtained a commission in another Regiment) and other soldiers, all of whom died in April-July 1915. Row D was added after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefield.
The cemetery now contains 76 First World War burials, 13 of them unidentified. The cemetery was designed by J R Truelove.
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