Poperinghe New Cemetery
Poperinghe (or Poperinge) New Military Cemetery is located 10 km outside Ypres. The town itself was an important rear area during WW1 with senior staff and various Casualty Clearing Stations being located here despite it being in range of the occasional long range bombardment. At least 250,000 soldiers were billeted here at any one time in town and in camps around the countryside. The Town Hall was Divisional HQ for a time. Established in June 1915, the cemetery holds 677 Commonwealth graves and 271 French. Seventeen of the graves are those "Shot at Dawn" for cowardice or desertion.
Some notable graves amongst many are:
Captain CG Guy (Northampton Regt & RFC) - Shot down and died of wounds in German custody
Flt Lt PH Bigwood ( Canadian Infantry & RFC) - Shot down and killed, originally posted as missing.
Lt Colonel Sir RBN Gunter (Yorkshire Regt) - A former Boer War officer, Gunter shouldn't have been there as he was marked down for home service. He volunteered for duty and died after a shell exploded near his horse. He was dismounted and thought to be suffering from concussion. He retired to bed that night and died the next morning aged 44.
Captain William Walker MC and Bar (Coldstream Guards attached to Trench Mortar Division) - Double Military Cross winner
Private FC Gore (East Kent Regt - The Buffs) - Executed for desertion 16/10/17. Aged 19
Private JH Wilson (Canadian Expeditionary Force) - Executed for desertion 09/07/16