After a moving ceremony at the Menin gate, our next stop, early on Sunday morning, was the Ramparts Cemetery – this must be one of the most peaceful,and beautiful settings of all of the war graves; set right on the edge of the river, with a relatively small number of graves, such a poignant start to what turned out to be an awesome week. CWGC describes the cemetery as:
Ramparts Cemetery lies within the town of Ieper itself, 1 Km south of Ieper Market Square. The Rijselstraat connects the Market Square with the Rijselpoort (Lille Gate) and on to Armentieres. Prior to passing through the Lille Gate and immediately after the Police station, is the right hand turning onto the Kanonweg. The cemetery is located on a pathway along the Ramparts, 50 metres along the Kanonweg.
Private Arthur Edward Copley died on 20 March 1915, part of the 2nd battallion King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. He was the husband of Mrs. Copley, of 3, Aspell St., Newton Heath, Manchester. Native of Wakefield, Yorks. Before the was he had been a labourer in the local iron works, and the 1911 census shows that he had a daughter, Florence, who was 7 months old when the census was taken, so would be almost school age when her father was killed.
Next stopp – Essex Farm.