Gravesend Sappers sponsor a wreath for the Gravesend Poppy Appeal Organiser to lay on the graves of fellow sappers who lost their lives in the great war. A small cemetery, Somer Farm, near Eiper, (Ypres) in Belgium was selected because there lie two fallen RE comrades, Spr Robert Arthur RE & Spr Alexander Taylor RE from a total of 91 soldiers buried there. The aim of this post is to mark the laying of those wreaths.
Wytschaete (now Wijtschate) was taken by the Germans early in November 1914. It was recovered by Commonwealth forces during the Battle of Messines on 7 June 1917, but fell into German hands once more on 16 April 1918. The village was recovered for the last time on 28 September.
Somer Farm Cemetery (also known as Somer Farm Cemetery No.1 – the burials in Somer Farm No.2 were removed to Wytschaete Military Cemetery) was begun in June 1917. It was used until March 1918 and again in October 1918.
The cemetery is well documented and more information can be found at this link.