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Lone Tree
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Lone Tree Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery
Used for those deceased 1916-1918
Established 1917
Location 50°46′29.1″N 02°51′41.5″E / 50.77475°N 2.861528°E / 50.77475; 2.861528
near Wijtschate, Heuvelland, Belgium
Designed by JR Truelove
Total burials 88
Burials by nation
Burials by war
Statistics source: and CWGC

Lone Tree Cemetery is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) burial ground for the dead of the First World War located in the Ypres Salient on the Western Front.

The cemetery grounds were assigned to the United Kingdom in perpetuity by King Albert I of Belgium in recognition of the sacrifices made by the British Empire in the defence and liberation of Belgium during the war.[1]


Graves in Lone Tree cemetery

The cemetery was established in 1917 at the start of the Battle of Messines.[2] Many of the burials are of men from the Royal Irish Rifles 36th (Ulster) Division[3] who died on the first day of the battle[4] when they went "over the top" early and were killed by the detonation of a British mine under Lone Tree hill.[5] Nineteen craters were blown in at the start of the battle[4] and the crater at Lone Tree still exists, although it is now marketed as a "Pool of Peace".[5]

The cemetery was designed by JR Truelove.[3]


  1. First World War, accessed 19 August 2006
  2. Michael Duffy The Western Front Today - Lone Tree Cemetery 22 August 2009, accessed 31 August 2009
  3. 3.0 3.1 CWGC :: Cemetery Details, accessed 31 August 2009
  4. 4.0 4.1, accessed 31 August 2009
  5. 5.0 5.1, accessed 31 August 2009

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