Perth Cemetery (China Wall)  

Historical Information (Source: CWGC)

The cemetery was begun by French troops in November 1914 (the French graves were removed after the Armistice) and adopted by the 2nd Scottish Rifles in June 1917. It was called Perth (as the predecessors of the 2nd Scottish Rifles were raised in Perth), China Wall (from the communication trench known as the Great Wall of China), or Halfway House Cemetery. The cemetery was used for front line burials until October 1917 when it occupied about half of the present Plot I and contained 130 graves. It was not used again until after the Armistice, when graves were brought in from the battlefields around Ypres.


There are now 2,791 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 1,369 of the burials are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 27 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials bear the names of 104 casualties buried in the cemeteries concentrated here, whose graves could not be found.The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.


Served with

  • United Kingdom (1214)
  • Australian (128)
  • Canadian (56)
  • New Zealand (19)
  • South African (7)

Served in

  • Army (1414)
  • Air Force (9)
  • Navy (1)
Perth Cem (China Wall)
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