New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium - Funeral Ceremony.
A ceremonial burial was held on Thursday 28 September at 11am at the CWGC’s New Irish Farm Cemetery, Belgium, for 22 unidentified soldiers of the First World War, who served with various British Regiments.
The soldiers were found following ground work at an industrial development at Briekestraat, Ypres, Belgium. The site is thought to be a war time cemetery, in all likelihood the original Irish Farm site, created by the Army under war conditions. It was believed at the time that all of the burials had been transferred to New Irish Farm, some 300 meters away.
Through investigation it has been established that of the 22 British soldiers, five served with the Essex Regiment, two with the Royal Fusiliers, one with the Monmouthshire Regiment, one with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, one with the Northumberland Regiment, one with the Royal Irish Regiment and 11 are “Known Unto God”. Unusually the ceremony will therefore involve the burial of casualties from English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh regiments.
The service has been organised by the Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre (JCCC) and attended by senior staff of the British Defence section, regimental representatives, local dignitaries and the general public. The CWGC will prepare the burial plots, provide the headstones and maintain the graves in perpetuity.