Ploegsteert Memorial


The Ploegsteert Memorial is located 12.5 kilometres south of Ypres town centre, on the N365 leading from Ypres to to Armentières.

The memorial, which was designed by H. Chalton Bradshaw, is an unusual circular temple, guarded by two lions - one of which snarls defiantly, whilst the other gazes benignly into the distance.

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website describes how "the Ploegsteert Memorial commemorates the 11,447 servicemen of the United Kingdom and South African forces who died in this sector during the First World War and have no known grave. The memorial serves the area from the line Caestre-Dranoutre-Warneton to the north, to Haverskerque-Estaires-Fournes to the south, including the towns of Hazebrouck, Merville, Bailleul and Armentieres, the Forest of Nieppe, and Ploegsteert Wood. The original intention had been to erect the memorial in Lille. Those commemorated by the memorial did not die in major offensives, such as those which took place around Ypres to the north, or Loos to the south. Most were killed in the course of the day-to-day trench warfare which characterised this part of the line, or in small scale set engagements, usually carried out in support of the major attacks taking place elsewhere."

Amongst those commemorated on the memorial are James Thomas Ormerod (Panel 6) and John Robert Ormrod (Panel 3).


(James Thomas Ormerod, of the Border Regiment, died on 18 December 1914)


(John Robert Ormrod, of The King's (Liverpool Regiment), died on 16 April 1918)


(Rowland Waddington, of "C" Coy, 15th/17th Bn, West Yorkshire Regiment (Prince of Wales's Own), died on 12 April 1918, aged 21. The son of Arthur and Annie E. Waddington, of 47 Tong Rd, Armley, Leeds.)


(William Waddington, of 13th Bn, York and Lancaster Regiment, died on 28 June 1918)