Ration Farm (La Plus Douve) Annexe

Casualty info

Total Burials: 203 including 1 Unknown and 1 German

Designed by

G H Goldsmith


History

Ration Farm (La Plus Douve) Cemetery takes its name from one of two farms (La Petite Douve and La Plus Douve) which were located in the valley of the river Douve to the north of Ploegsteert Wood. Due to its advantageous position and close proximity to the British front lines, the area was used as both a ration and ammunition dump – quickly gaining it the nickname ‘Ration Farm’. La Plus Douve was also used as a battalion headquarters by both the British and New Zealander forces in 1915 and 1917 respectively. Although behind the lines this area was far from safe as it was regularly shelled by the Germans in an effort to disrupt this vital logistics hub.


Epitaphs

Serjeant 
Thomas Henry McKernan
"D" Coy. 8th
Royal Irish Rifles
30th November 1916
Aged 21

Here let us leave him

to his rest

and homeward turn

for he is blest

Lance Corporal 
Royal Theodore Yeomans
30th Bn.
Australian Infantry, A.I.F.
18th March 1918
Aged 22

Somewhere in France

they laid you

may God have mercy

on your soul


When I at last, am seen and known

24 men of the Royal Sussex Regiment

From March – June 1916 the 9th battalion of the Royal Sussex Regiment spent time in and out of the front line trenches at Red Lodge and other areas close Ploegsteert. They were caught up in the April 30th chlorine and phosgene gas attacks at Wulverghem where the Germans attacked their left flank but were successfully driven back. Later in May the battalion spent time in the trenches at Stinking Farm and La Plus Douve Farm where battalion war diaries note days of shelling and ‘quiet’ days. It’s important to remember that many men were killed and injured even on these ‘quiet’ days and that life in the trenches was never without risk.

8 of the 24 men of the Royal Sussex Regiment who are buried at Ration Farm (La Plus Douve) Annexe