Many, or most, of the
World War I cemeteries I visited
were either alongside a road
or easily accessible in a paddock.
Toronto Avenue broke these ‘rules’.
After turning at the sign we had a fairly long drive…
…on a narrow, well maintained road before reaching…
the cemetery proper.
All of which is hidden in Belgium’s,
So quiet and peaceful.
Toronto Avenue Cemetery was named from
a Communication Trench in Ploegsteert Wood,
in which it is located.
The cemetery contains the graves
of 78 officers and men of
the 9th Brigade (3rd Australian Division)
who died in the Battle of Messines
between 7 and 10 June 1917.
The cemetery contains 78 First World War burials,
two of them unidentified.
Where’s My Backpack: Hidden