Whitby High School

Battlefields Tour 11-14th March 2004

Flanders Field, Belgium - Friday 12th March

Cement House Cemetery

plus a note on British War Cemeteries

Cement House Cemetery, Langemarck

During our visit we were intent on tracing the graves of two of Lauren Worthington's (Year 11) great uncles. Both were killed in action and it was only recently that the family had traced his whereabouts. Lauren was to take advantage of the trip and try and find both men. It was also useful for the rest of the group to see how it could be done should they wish to trace members of their own family who may have fallen in the Great War.

Armed with research information we immediately looked for the small door built into the entrance brickwork. There we found the booklets containing the site plan, name index with grid references and a visitors book. Looking up Private Stanley Worthington we quickly found his grid reference and Great-neice Lauren led the group to his resting place. Before we left Lauren signed the visitors book.

All the British Commonwealth War Graves are maintained by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. There web site is a must for those who wish to know the history of this or for records of those whose memorials are in their care. The first place to look is their web site: Commonwealth War Graves website

In Memory of


40351, 15th Bn., Cheshire Regiment
who died
on 27 February 1918

Remembered with honour

Commemorated in perpetuity by
the Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Buried at nearby Artillery Wood is the well known Welsh poet Hedd Wyn (1887-1917). His real name was Ellis Humphrey Evans, a sheep farmer from Yr Ysgwrn, a hill farm east of Trawsfynydd. Hedd Wyn ('white peace') was his pen name and he began writing Welsh-language poetry at an early age. He was called up in 1917 to Flanders, but was killed at the notorious Pilckem Ridge immediately prior to the opening of the Passchendaele offensive (3rd Ypres).

We make special mention of him here as he was a close relative of our former Head of Upper School Mr Gareth Jones who retired in 1998 after many years at Whitby.

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Updated 8th April 2004 by Mike Royden
The Whitby High School, Cheshire County Council.