Private, Canadian Army Medical Corps, 5th Field
Service Number: 408975
who died on
Sunday, June 11, 1917
Son of Mr. Wilford Moyer and Mrs.Emma Honsberger Moyer, of Echo
Place, Brant Co., Ontario.
Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Ieper, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
I. I. 99.
The cemetery is located to the North West of Ieper. From the
station turn left and drive along M.Fochlaan to the roundabout,
turn right and go to the next roundabout. Here turn left into
M.Haiglaan and continue for 300 metres and then turn right into
M.Plumerlaan. The cemetery is on the right hand side, approximately
200 metres along the road.
From October 1914 to the autumn of 1918, Ypres (now Ieper) was
at the centre of a salient held by Commonwealth (and for some
months by French) forces. From April 1915, it was bombarded and
destroyed more completely than any other town of its size on
the Western Front, but even so certain buildings remained distinguishable.
The ruins of the cathedral and the cloth hall stood together
in the middle of the city, part of the infantry barracks stood
in an angle of the south walls and the prison, reservoir and
water tower were together at the western gate. Three cemeteries
were made near the western gate: two between the prison and the
reservoir, both now removed into the third, and the third on
the north side of the prison. The third was called at first the
"Cemetery North of the Prison," later "Ypres Reservoir
North Cemetery, and now Ypres Reservoir Cemetery. This cemetery
was begun in October 1915 and used by fighting units and field
ambulances until after the Armistice, when it contained 1,099
graves. The cemetery was later enlarged when graves were brought
in from smaller cemeteries or from the battlefields of the salient.
In Plot V, Row AA, are the graves of 16 officers and men of the
6th Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, who were billeted in the
vaults of the cathedral and killed on 12 August 1915 by shelling
from the "Ypres Express" firing from Houthulst Forest.
The survivors were rescued by the 11th King's Liverpools, but
these bodies were not recovered until after the Armistice. There
are now 2,613 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War
buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 1,034 of the burials
are unidentified. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.
Commemorated on Page 400 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance.
The Book of Remembrance is in the Memorial Chamber, which occupies
the second level of the Peace Tower in the Houses of Parliament,