Gwalia Cemetery is located 8.5 kilometres west of Ypres, on the Steentjesmolenstraat (N333). It is probably called after an old Welsh name for Wales, much used in Victorian times.
The Cemetery was opened at the beginning of July 1917, in the period between the Battle of Messines and the Third Battle of Ypres. It lay among the camps in flat, wet country and was used by infantry units, artillery and field ambulances until September, 1918.
One of those buried in the Cemetery is William Ormerod (Grave Ref. II. B. 1.), who was killed on 4 September 1917.
In Plot I, Row H, are buried 14 men of the 9th Lancashire Fusiliers who were killed in the early morning of 4 September 1917, in a German air raid over the nearby "Dirty Bucket Camp". This camp got its name from a farm at the location.
Why William is not buried with in the same Row as the other members of the 9th Lancashire Fusiliers who were killed on 4 September 1917 is not known.
|24596 PRIVATE / W. ORMEROD / LANCASHIRE FUSILIERS / 4TH SEPTEMBER 1917. AGE 26 / DEARER TO MEMORY / THAN WORDS CAN TELL / ONE OF THE BEST|
|Plot I, Row H - the 14 men of the 9th Lancashire Fusiliers who were killed in the early morning of 4 September 1917, in a German air raid over "Dirty Bucket Camp"|