- Hyde Park Corner (Royal Berks) Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery
Infobox Military Cemetery
name=Hyde Park Corner (Royal Berks)
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
use_dates= April 1915 - November 1917
H Chalton Bradshaw
nearest_town= Ploegsteert, Hainaut,
United Kingdom: 81
Australia: 1 Central Powers:
World War I: 87
source= [http://ww1cemeteries.com/ww1cemeteries/hydeparkcornerroyalberkscemetery.htm WW1cemeteries.com]
Hyde Park Corner (Royal Berks) Cemetery is a
Commonwealth War Graves Commission(CWGC) burial ground for the dead of World War Ilocated in the Ypres Salienton the Western Front.
The cemetery grounds were assigned to the
United Kingdomin perpetuity by King Albert I of Belgiumin recognition of the sacrifices made by the British Empirein the defence and liberation of Belgiumduring the war.
This small cemetery was founded by 1st and 4th Royal Berkshire Regiment troops in April 1915. The cemetery later expanded across the road, where the
Berks Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery Extensionwas built. [ [http://www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_details.aspx?cemetery=9101&mode=1 CWGC entry] , accessed 26 May 2006]
The cemetery was designed by H(arold) Chalton Bradshaw, who also designed the
Cambrai Memorialin France. [ [http://www.webmatters.net/cwgc/cambrai_mem.htm First World War] , accessed 26 May 2006]
The cemetery contains the graves of 87 soldiers. Amongst these graves lies Rifleman Samuel McBride of the 2nd Battalion Royal Irish Rifles, who was executed for desertion on
7 December 1916. [ [http://www.shotatdawncampaignirl.org/Irish%20Executed%20WW1.htm Irish Shot at Dawn Campaign] , accessed 26 May 2006] It is now felt by many that these "shot at dawn" men were unfairly tried and executed as they may have been suffering from combat stress reactionrather than acting in cowardice. [ [http://www.shotatdawn.org.uk/page7.html The Shot at Dawn Campaign website] , accessed 23 May 2006]
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