Birr Cross Roads

Birr Cross Roads cemetery just outside Ypres at Zillebeke was started in August 1917 as a dressing station cemetery during the Third Battle (Passchendaele). The name derives from the 1st Leinsters whose regimental depot in Ireland was at Birr Cross Roads.

It holds the remains of 660 British, 143 Australian, 15 Canadian, 12 New Zealand, a Newfoundland, a West Indian, a South African and 11 unidentified. Many graves were lost to shellfire and the headstones along the wall by the road mark these as being "somewhere in this cemetery" including that of Harold Ackroyd, a Victoria Cross recipient. (See our INDIVIDUALS section.)