Ploegsteert (Plug Street) Wood World War One cemeteries
The track leading to World War One mud corner cemetery in April 2000. The surrounding wall of Mud Corner cemetery is just visible on the right. Just past the cemetery on the edge of Ploegsteert Wood was where the machine gun which Wilf Dexter manned was situated, close to a red brick building. There were even red brick fragments in the ploughed field to mark the spot. Mud Corner cemetery holds the grave of a New Zealand soldier Private E. Beach from the Wellington Regiment, aged 54 - one of the oldest casualties of the war. There were overage soldiers, as well as underage. (Robert Graves in his memoirs of World War One "Goodbye to all that" had a soldier in his command aged 63, who was refused for the Boer War, but was accepted for World War One.)
The photograph on the right shows the undulating ground from Prowse Point military cemetery close to Plug Street Wood.
The military diaries of the 122 MGC company (the company Wilf Dexter was with) often refer to "indirect fire",which means that the machine gun was being fired at an unseen target, because of the terrain.
Three cemeteries in Ploegsteert Wood are:
Ploegsteert Wood military cemetery, Toronto Avenue, and Rifle House Cemetery, which holds the grave of a 15 year old soldier, one of the youngest casualties of the war.