Prowse Point

Prowse Point military cemetery is situated in the district of Comines - Warneton close to Ploegsteert in Belgium. It stands on the site of a stand made by the 1st Battalion Hampshire Regt and the 1st Battalion Somerset Light Infantry in October 1914. Major Charles Prowse (later Brigadier General) was particularly noted for his heroism during this stand and the cemetery was named after him. This makes it unique as it is the only cemetery named after an individual. Prowse was killed on the first day of the Battle of the Somme whilst commanding the 11th Infantry Brigade.

This area was frequently involved in heavy fighting throughout the war and bodies are still being found today. Private Harry Wilkinson of the Lancashire Fusiliers was interred here in 2001. He was originally listed as missing on the Ploegsteert Memorial to the Missing. Private Richard Lancaster, also of the Lancashire Fusiliers and two other unidentified bodies were recently buried here as well with full military honours. An Australian soldier, Private Mather from New South Wales who was listed on the Menin Gate Memorial was interred in 2008 after being found at Ploegsteert.

It holds the remains of 233 individuals....165 British, 42 New Zealand, 13 Australian, 1 Canadian and 12 Germans.