In Memory of
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Son of Athol and Mary Benzie, of Denhill Cottage, Drumlithie, Fordoun, Kincardineshire.
Robert Benzie, late of Craighall on Roll of Honour, not listed on War Memorial.
Born Kennethmont, enlisted Aberdeen,
Died of Wounds, served France and Flanders.
PRO; 1914/15 Star, War & Victory Medals, France 15/6/1915, D of W 15/6/1915
Arm Casualty Returns: Robt Benzie, 21, KIA 15/6/1915, Place of burial Westoutre
CWGC records, previously buried in Ferme Henri Pettyn Vanlaeres Cemetery. Map ref: Sheet 28 / G20 C.10.60
The letter S prefixing the service number indicates a wartime enlistment.
On the day of Robert's death 1GH were working on reserve trenches east of Zillebeke. It is likely he was wounded during the actions on Hill 60 between 11th and 20th May. Hill 60 was near the cutting at Zwarteleen on the Ypres - Comines railway line.
1st GH, Batt diary entry 1915
4/8/1914 at Plymouth: 8th Bde,
Cemetery is located 6 km south west of Ieper town centre, on the
Molenstraat, a road branching from the Kemmelseweg (joining Ieper
to Kemmel N331). From Ieper town centre the Kemmelseweg is reached
via the Rijselsestraat, through the Lille Gate (Rijselpoort),
and straight on towards Armentieres (N365). 900 metres after the
crossroads is the right hand turning onto the Kemmelseweg (made
prominent by a railway level crossing). 5 km along the Kemmelseweg
lies the right hand turning onto Poperingestraat. 1km along the
Poperingestraat lies Kemmel No 1 French Cemetery. Immediately
to the left of this cemetery is a road called Molenstraat. Klein
Vierstraat British Cemetery is located 30 metres along the Molenstraat
on the right hand side of the road.
The village of Kemmel and the adjoining hill, Mont Kemmel, were the scene of fierce fighting in the latter half of April, 1918, in which both British and French forces were engaged. The cemetery was begun in January, 1917, and Plots I to III were made by Field Ambulances and fighting units before the middle of January, 1918. Plot IV was begun in April, 1918. Of the 437 original burials, 188 were those of officers and men belonging (or attached) to Artillery units. After the Armistice, graves were brought into Plot I, Row H, and Plots IV to VII, from two smaller cemeteries and from the battlefields of Dikkebus, Loker and Kemmel. One American grave was removed to Lijssenthoek. There are now over 800, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 100 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to two soldiers from the United Kingdom, known or believed to be buried in the cemetery. The cemetery covers an area of 3,040 square metres and is enclosed partly by a rubble wall and partly by a curb. The graves of 58 soldiers from the United Kingdom and one from Canada were brought from the Cemetery at the FERME HENRI PATTYN-VANLAERES, POPERINGHE, on the West of the road to Westoutre. These men fell in May and July, 1915, and (in one case) in April, 1918. The graves of 17 soldiers from the United Kingdom, who fell in July and August, 1918, were brought from MONT-VIDAIGNE MILITARY CEMETERY, WESTOUTRE, on the Western slope of the hill between Westoutre and Bailleul. The cemetery contained also the graves of 17 French soldiers who fell in April and May, 1918.