New Irish Farm Cemetery

Public heritage

Design and coordination of restoration work at the New Irish Farm Cemetery.


1st prize


completed - 2020




14.700 m²


CWGC Commonwealth War Graves Commission


Mieke Goegebuer, Rudiger Janssens, Laurence Verstuyft

The New Irish Farm Cemetery is a British military World War I cemetery located in the centre of the village of St John. When the area was considered safe in August 1917, work began on building the cemetery. After the Armistice, the cemetery was enlarged with graves from the surrounding battlefields and from smaller burial grounds.

The cemetery commemorates 3267 unidentified and 1449 identified deceased within an area of approximately 14,700m². The original design by architect R. Blomfield was the main focus of the cemetery's restoration. The climate and the surrounding agricultural fields had strongly affected the enclosure walls over the years. These were restored along with the Cross of Sacrifice and the entrance to the cemetery.

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