Cemeteries in French Flanders and Artois, France
Battles took place in the area of French Flanders and Artois during all four years of the First World War. The battlefields of this area cover the ground from the French-Belgian border at Armentières to Arras. The many cemeteries, and the high numbers of remains they contain, are testament to the very high number of Allied and German casualties who died in this part of France during the First World War. Many hundreds of casualties died in the early battles of the war in 1914-1915, as the French and German Armies fought for possession of the high ground of the Loretto Heights and Vimy Ridge.
One of the many French military cemeteries in this region is the largest French military cemetery in the world at Ablain-Saint-Nazaire (“Notre Dame de Lorette”). This cemetery contains the remains of 39,985 French soldiers.
There are 46 German military cemeteries in this battlefield region, ranging in size from 500 burials to 44,000. The cemetery at Neuville-Saint-Vaast German cemetery, also known as “La Maison Blanche”, is the largest German military cemetery in France, containing the remains of over 44,800 German soldiers. One of the youngest Germans believed to have been killed on the Western Front is Paul Mauck. He joined the German Army as a volunteer (Kriegsfreiwillige) at the age of 14. He went into action with Infantry Regiment 113 and was killed on 7th June 1915 just before his 15th birthday. He is buried in the German military cemetery at Lens-Sallaumines.
The British and Commonwealth military cemeteries in French Flanders number over 300.
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Ablain St-Nazaire French Military Cemetery “Notre Dame de Lorette”
The cemetery contains the remains of 39,985 First World War French military burials. This number includes the remains of 19,998 casualties who are laid to rest in seven ossuaries.
This is the largest French military cemetery in the world, with a total number of 40,057 casualties.Ablain St. Nazaire French Military Cemetery “Notre Dame de Lorette”
Achicourt Road Cemetery, Achicourt
Agny Military Cemetery
Aire Communal Cemetery
2.395349442958832The cemetery contains a total of 921 casualties. 894 are First World War casualties from the Commonwealth Forces. There are also some French and German graves. There are also 21 graves of Second World War casualties, most of whom were killed during the British Army's withdrawal to Dunkirk in May of 1940. The town of Aire was a corps headquarters from March 1915 to February 1918. Medical units were also stationed here, including the 39th Stationary Hospital.
Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery & Extension
2.712544798851013The first military burials as an extension to the town's civilian cemetery were those of French soldiers in 1915. The British 1st and 2nd Divisions moved to this location in February 1916 and it was used as a burial ground by the British Army until October 1918. After the First World War remains were brought into the cemetery extension from the surrounding battlefields. There are 1190 identified casualties buried here now. 500 of the graves are for French soldiers. Almost 750 Commonwealth Forces casualties are buried here, including more than 50 who are unidentified. This is most likely because they were brought to the cemetery from battlefield burials and their identification was lost.
Albuera Cemetery, Bailleul-sire-Berthoult
2.8399094939231873There are 144 casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in the cemetery. 15 of these casualties are known to be buried in the cemetery but have no identified graves. In April 1917 the British 2nd Division occupied the village and the cemetery was started from that time. It was used until November of that year. After the war casualties were brought into the cemetery from battlefield burials and small plots in the surrounding area. There is one German grave in the cemetery.
Anneux British Cemetery
Annoeullin Communal Cemetery and German Military Cemetery Extension
German burials were started as an extension to the civilian village cemetery from October 1915. The cemetery was enlarged after the end of the war by the French, who brought in German burials from small plots or individual graves from around the area. At that time there were 23 British graves removed from the cemetery to Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez. The German cemetery extension contains 1,627 German graves.
One British 1914-1918 war grave remained at this site and that is the grave of of Captain Albert Ball, VC. He was flying with 56 Squadron of the Royal Flying Corps when his plane came down near the village of Annoeullin. He is buried at grave reference Grave 643.
There are also three Commonwealth casualties from the 1939-1945 war commemorated in this cemetery. 7 Russian casualties are also buried at this site.
Anzac Cemetery, Sailly-sur-la-Lys
2.769351303577423There are 320 First World War casualties buried in the cemetery, 62 of whom are unidentified. There are also memorials to seven casualties who were believed to have been buried in the churchyard next to the church, but whose graves could not be found after the war. The village of Sailly-sur-la-Lys suffered damage in fighting that took place in the area in October 1914 between French cavalry and British and German infantry. From that time until the German Army launched its Spring Offensive in this area in 1918 the area was quiet. On 9th April 1918 the German Army occupied the village and the Germans stayed in the village for the next few months until September 1918. Australian troops were the first casualties to be buried in this cemetery from 19th July 1916, hence the name ANZAC Cemetery. Their casualties buried here were those who died in the Battle of Fromelles. Later in 1918, when the German Army was in occupation of the village, Commonwealth casualties were buried in the cemetery by the Germans.
Anzin-St. Aubin British Cemetery
2.7459074556827545There are 358 First World War burials in the cemetery. 145 of the casualties were serving with artillery units when they were killed. The cemetery was started by the 51st Highland Division in April 1917 and was subsequently used by other units until October 1917 when the Highlanders had moved away from the area. A year after the 51st Highland Division had started the cemetery the division returned in April 1918 and the cemetery was used until September of that year. There are also four Second World War casualties buried in the cemetery.
Arneke British Cemetery
2.4019798636436462There is a total of 568 casualties buried in this cemetery. 435 of the burials are First World War Commonwealth burials. This cemetery was started in October 1917 by the 13th Casualty Clearing Station (CCS). The 10th and 44th Casualty Clearing Stations moved here in April 1918 to deal with Allied casualties during the the German Spring Offensive in this area. Burials were made here until the end of May 1918. From July to September 1918 the 62nd Casualty Clearing Station was based here. 126 French soldiers are buried in the cemetery from the period of April to June 1918. There are five German military graves.
2.412201762199402There are two Commonwealth burials in Arneke churchyard. They are Private F Costigan of the 19th (Queen Alexandra's Royal) Hussars, who died on 6th September 1915 and Private A J Palmer of the Bedfordshire Regiment, who also died on 6th September but exactly two years later in 1917.
Arras Road Cemetery, Roclincourt
2.782016694545746The cemetery was started in April 1917, when the 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade (of the 1st Canadian Division) began burying their dead after the attack on 9th April as part of the Battle of Arras. These burials were 71 officers and men of the 7th Canadian Battalion (British Columbia Regiment) dating from April to June 1917. After the war 993 individual graves from the surrounding area and from 13 other small military burial sites in the outlying area were brought to this cemetery. Of the 1,064 graves there are, however, only 263 identified burials.
Ascq Communal Cemetery
3.1659869849681854At the end of the war and in 1919 there were medical units located here: 229th Field Ambulance, 13th and 63rd Casualty Clearing Station and 39th Stationary Hospital. There are over 50 First World War casualties and a small number of Second World War casualties buried here.
Athies Communal Cemetery
2.8368598222732544There is one casualty buried in the Communal civilian cemetery: Private S C Philip of the Royal Army Medical Corps. He died on 12th April 1917.
Athies Communal Cemetery Extension
2.8371843695640564The village of Athies was captured by the 9th (Scottish) Division, which included the South African Brigade, on 9th April 1917. The Communal Cemetery Extension was started after the village was captured. There are 312 British and Commonwealth burials and commemorations. There are also 41 Second World War burials.
Auberchicourt British Cemetery
Aubers Ridge British Cemetery
Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, Aubigny-en-Artois
Aval Wood Military Cemetery, Vieux Berquin
Avesnes-le-Comte Communal Cemetery & Extension
Bac-du-Sud British Cemetery, Bailleulval
Bailleul Communal Cemetery & Extension
Bailleul Road East Cemetery, St. Laurent-Blangy
Bailleul Road West Cemetery, St. Laurent-Blangy
Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension
Barly French Military Cemetery
2.5526127219200134The French burials were started next to the civilian communal cemetery in 1915 during the Third Battle of Artois in September of that year. There are 323 French graves. British Field Ambulance units were located in the area from march 1916 to May 1918. There are 28 British and Commonwealth graves, including nine men of the Indian Labour Corps.
Beaumetz Cross Roads Cemetery, Beaumetz-lès-Cambrai
Beaumetz-lès-Cambrai Military Cemetery No. 1
Beaurains Road Cemetery, Beaurains
Beehive Cemetery, Willerval
Bellacourt Military Cemetery, Rivière
Bertenacre Military Cemetery, Fletre
Bethune Town Cemetery
Beuvry Communal Cemetery & Extension
Bleue-Maison Military Cemetery, Eperlecques
Bois Carré Military Cemetery, Haisnes
Bois Carré British Cemetery, Thelus
Bois de Noulette British Cemetery, Aix Noulette
Bois Grenier Communial Cemetery
Bootham Cemetery, Héninel
Borre British Cemetery
Boulogne Eastern Cemetery
Bourlon Wood Cemetery, Bourlon
Boyelles Communal Cemetery Extension
Brebières British Cemetery
Brewery Orchard Cemetery, Bois Grenier
Brown's Copse Cemetery, Roeux
Brown's Road Military Cemetery, Festubert
Bruay Communal Cemetery Extension
Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Ficheux
Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery British Extension
Bully-Grenay Communal Cemetery French Extension
Bunyans Cemetery, Tilloy-les-Mofflaines
Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez
Caestre Military Cemetery
Caestre Communal Cemetery
2.611335664987564There are 32 Commonwealth burials in the communal cemetery, including 10 known 1914-1918 burials and 20 1939-1945 burials.
Cagnicourt British Cemetery
Calais Southern Cemetery
Cambrin Churchyard Extension
Cambrin Military Cemetery
Canadian Cemetery No. 2, Neuville-St.-Vaast
Cantimpré Canadian Cemetery, Sailly
Carvin Communal Cemetery
Carvin German Military Cemetery
Chapelle d'Armentières New Military Cemetery
Chapelle d'Armentières Old Military Cemetery
Chérisy Road East Cemetery, Héninel
Chili Trench Cemetery, Gavrelle
Chocques Military Cemetery
Cinq Rues British Cemetery, Hazebrouck
Cité Bonjean Military Cemetery, Armentières
Cojeul British Cemetery, St. Martin-sur-Cojeul
Croisilles British Cemetery
Croisilles Railway Cemetery, Croisilles
Croix Rouge Military Cemetery, Quaedypre
Crump Trench British Cemetery, Fampoux
Cuckoo Passage Cemetery, Héninel
Cuinchy Communal Cemetery
Dainville British Cemetery
Dainville Communal Cemetery
De Cusine Ravine British Cemetery, Basseux
Desplanque Farm Cemetery, la Chapelle d'Armentières
Dominion Cemetery, Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt
Delsaux Farm Cemetery, Beugny
Don Communal Cemetery, Annoeulin
Douai British Cemetery, Cuincy
Douai Communal Cemetery
Drummond Cemetery, Raillencourt (near Raillencourt-St.-Olle)
Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos
There are 1,800 burials of British and Commonwealth officers and men at Dud Corner Cemetery, Loos. Over 1,000 of these casualties are unidentified British and Commonwealth soldiers. Most of the casualties buried here were exhumed in 1919 from battlefield burials and small cemetery plots on the Loos battlefield.
The Loos Memorial to the Missing is also located at the Dud Corner Cemetery.
Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun
Dury Crucifix Corner Cemetery, Dury
Dury Mill British Cemetery, Dury
Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Mont St. Eloi
Ecoust Military Cemetery, Ecoust St. Mein
Ecoust St. Mein British Cemetery, Ecoust St. Mein
Erquinghem-Lys Churchyard Extension
Esquelbecq Communal Cemetery
Esquelbecq Military Cemetery
Estaires Communal Cemetery & Extension
Etaples Military Cemetery
Eterpigny British Cemetery (Pas-de-Calais)
Euston Post Cemetery, Laventie
Fampoux British Cemetery, Fampoux
Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery, Arras
There are over 2,600 burials at the cemetery, situated in the centre of Arras. The Arras Memorial and Arras Flying Services Memorial are also on the site of the Faubourg d'Amiens Cemetery.
Fauquissart Military Cemetery, Laventie
Ferme Buterne Military Cemetery, Houplines
Feuchy British Cemetery
Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, Wancourt
Fillièvres British Cemetery
Fosse No. 7 Military Cemetery (Quality St.) Mazingarbe
Fosse No. 10 Communal Cemetery & Extension, Sains-en-Gohelle
Fouquières Churchyard Extension, Fouquières-les-Béthune
Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery, Fromelles
Headstone for one of the Australian “missing” soldiers of the Battle of Fromelles. There is a possibility that his remains may yet be identified.
The cemetery, dedicated on 19th July 2010, is the first war cemetery to have been constructed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission for fifty years. The remains of 250 Australian and British soldiers killed and missing in action at the Battle of Fromelles (19th to 20th July 1916), were discovered in 2008. A major project is underway to identify the remains where possible. By the time of the official dedication of the cemetery and the reburial of the last of the 250 soldiers on 19th July, almost 100 soldiers have been identified.Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) Military Cemetery
Givenchy-en-Gohelle Canadian Cemetery, Souchez
Givenchy-les-la-Bassée Communal Cemetery
Givenchy Road Canadian Cemetery, Neuville-St.-Vaast
Godewaersvelde British Cemetery
Gonnehem British Cemetery
Gorre British and Indian Cemetery
Gourock Trench Cemetery, Tilloy-les-Mofflaines
Gouy-en-Artois Communal Cemetery Extension
Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery
Guards' Cemetery, Windy Corner, Cuinchy
Guémappe British Cemetery, Wancourt
Habarcq Communal Cemetery Extension
H.A.C. Cemetery, Ecoust St. Mein
Halluin Communal Cemetery
Halluin German Military Cemetery
There are 1,397 German casualties buried in the cemetery.
Happy Valley British Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux
Haute-Avesnes British Cemetery
Haynecourt British Cemetery
Hazebrouck Communal Cemetery
Hersin Communal Cemetery Extension
Hénin Communal Cemetery Extension, Hénin-sur-Cojeul
Hénin Crucifix Cemetery, Hénin
Héninel Communal Cemetery Extension
Héninel-Croisilles Road Cemetery, Héninel
Hermies British Cemetery
Hermies Hill British Cemetery, Hermies
Hervin Farm British Cemetery, St. Laurent-Blangy
Hibers Trench Cemetery, Wancourt
Highland Cemetery, Roclincourt
Hinges Military Cemetery and Hinges Communal Cemetery
Houchin British Cemetery
Houdain Lane Cemetery, Tilloy-les-Mofflaines
Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension
Huby-St. Leu British Cemetery
In 1916 Hesdin became General Headquarters (2nd Echelon); the 47th Casualty Clearing Station was placed near the town in July-November, 1916, and the 59th in April, 1917-August, 1918. The British burials found in this cemetery were carried out mainly by two hospitals, by G.H.Q. Troops, or by units posted in the neighbourhood. The Cemetery was begun in April, 1918 and used until March, 1919. There are now over 50, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. One grave, which cannot be exactly located, is represented by a special memorial.
La Chapelle d'Armentières Communal Cemetery
La Chaudière Military Cemetery, Vimy
La Gorgue Communal Cemetery
La Kreule Military Cemetery, Hazebrouck
La Targette British Cemetery (Aux Rietz)
Lapugnoy Military Cemetery
Lagnicourt Hedge Cemetery, Lagnicourt
Laventie Military Cemetery, La Gorgue
Le Fermont Miltary Cemetery, Rivière
Le Grand Beaumart British Cemetery, Steenwerck
Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery, Morbecque
Le Paradis War Cemetery, Lestrem
Le Peuplier Military Cemetery, Caestre
Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue
The Cemetery was begun by the Indian Corps (and in particular by the 2nd Leicesters) in November, 1914, and it was used continuously by Field Ambulances and fighting units until March, 1918. It passed into German hands in April, 1918 and after its recapture a few further burials were made in Plot IV in September and October. The grave of one Officer of the London Regiment was brought in in 1925 from a position on the Estaires-La Bassee road near "Port Arthur", and the 264 Portuguese graves of March, 1917 and April, 1919 were removed to Richebourg-L'Avoue Portuguese National Cemetery after the Armistice.
There are now over 900, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. The graves of three men of the King's Liverpool Regiment, which were destroyed by shell fire, are now represented by special headstones. The Cemetery covers an area of over 7,000 square metres and is enclosed by a low brick wall.
Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery, Fleurbaix
Le Vertannoy British Cemetery, Hinges
Lens Eastern Communal Cemetery
Lens-Salaumines German Military Cemetery
The cemetery contains 15,646 German casualties from the 1914-1918 war. There are also two Russian graves in the cemetery.
The cemetery was begun in the autumn of 1914 by German troops. It was soon named “Lorettofriedhof” - “Loretto Cemetery” or the “Cemetery of the XIV. (Badische) Armee Korps”. This Army Corps was involved in the fighting against the French for the Loretto Ridge north of Arras and most of the casualties who were brought out of the fighting zone were buried in the area of Lens. In 1917 and 1918 the cemetery was almost completerly destroyed by Allied artillery shelling. After the First World War the French authorities reconstructed the cemetery in the period before the German War Graves Agency could begin its work on cemeteries in France. German casualties from over 39 burial sites in the area were reinterred in Lens-Sallaumines.
Lebucquière Communal Cemetery Extension
Level Crossing Cemetery, Fampoux
L’Homme Mort British Cemetery, Ecoust-St. Mein
Lichfield Crater, Thélus
Lievin Communal Cemetery Extension
Ligny-St. Flochel British Cemetery, Averdoingt
Ligny-sur-Canche British Cemetery
Lille Southern Cemetery
Lille Southern French Military Cemetery
Lille Sud German Military Cemetery
Lillers Communal Cemetery & Extension
Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery
Loos British Cemetery
London Cemetery, Neuville-Vitasse
Louez Military Cemetery, Duisans
Louverval Military Cemetery, Doignies
Lowrie Cemetery, Havrincourt
Marcoing British Cemetery
Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay
Maroeuil British Cemetery
Maroeuil French Military Cemetery
2.7069751918315887The cemetery was begun during the First World War and contains the remains of French casualties from the Battles of Artois. There are 585 First World War French burials and two memorials to the 156 and 160 Régiment d'Infanterie.
Masnières British Cemetery, Marcoing
Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery & Extension
Meath Cemetery, Villers-Guislain
Meerut Military Cemetery, Saint Martin-Boulogne
Merville Communal Cemetery & Extension
Méteren Military Cemetery
Metz-en-Couture Communal Cemetery Britis Extension
Mill Switch British Cemetery, Tilloy-les-Cambrai
Mindel Trench British Cemetery, St. Laurent-Blangy
Moeuvres British Cemetery
Moeuvres Communal Cemetery Extension
Monchy British Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux
Mont-Bernanchon British Cemetery, Gonnehem
Mont Noir Military Cemetery, St. Jans-Cappel
Morbecque British Cemetery
Morchies Australian Cemetery
Morchies Military Cemetery
Mory Abbey Military Cemetery, Mory
Mory Street Military Cemetery, St. Léger
Moulin-de-Pierre British Cemetery, Villers Outréaux
Naval Trench Cemetery, Gavrelle
Nedonchel Communal Cemetery
2.358141839504242There are two First World War graves located in the churchyard on the north-east side of the church. One is Private J G Hardy of the Sherwood Foresters, who died on 30th March 1917. The other grave is for Brigadier General Frank Wormald, serving with the General Staff. He died on 3rd October 1915.
Neuve-Chapelle British Cemetery
Neuve-Chapelle Farm Cemetery
Neuville-sous-Montreuil Indian Cemetery
Neuville Bourjonval British Cemetery
Neuville-Saint-Vaast French Military Cemetery “La Targette”
2.7465659379959106The cemetery was created in 1919 when French casualties killed during the Battles of Artois in the surrounding area were brought here for burial. The cemetery contains the remains of 11,443 First World War French casualties. This figure includes 3,882 who are laid to rest in two ossuaries. There are also 593 French, 4 Polish and 170 Belgian graves dating from the Second World War, which were brought to the cemetery from their burial places in the Pas-de-Calais area.
Neuville-Saint-Vaast German Military Cemetery “La Maison Blanche”
There are 44,833 German casualties from the 1914-1918 war buried in this cemetery. It is the largest German military cemetery in France for casualties of the First World War.
Neuville-Vitasse Road Cemetery, Neuville-Vitasse
Nieppe-Bois (Rue-du-Bois) British Cemetery, Vieux-Berquin
Nieppe Communal Cemetery
Nine Elms Military Cemetery, Thélus
Ninth Avenue Cemetery, Haisnes
Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery & Extension
Noreuil Australian Cemetery
Notre Dame de Lorette, French Military Cemetery: see Ablain St-Nazaire French Military Cemetery
Noyelles-sur-'Escaut Communal Cemetery & Extension
Ontario Cemetery, Sains-les-Marquion
Orange Hill Cemetery, Feuchy
Orange Trench Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux
Orchard Dump Cemetery, Arleux-en-Gohelle
Orival Wood Cemetery, Flesquières
Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul
Pernes British Cemetery, Pernes-en-Artois
Petit Vimy British Cemetery, Vimy
Philosophe British Cemetery, Mazingarbe
Pont-d'Achelles Miltary Cemetery, Nieppe
Pont-de-Nieppe Communal Cemetery, Nieppe
Pont-du-Hem Military Cemetery, La Gorgue
Point-du-Jour Military Cemetery, Athies-lès-Arras
2.8359881043434143Point-du-Jour was the name of a house on the St. Laurent-Blangy - Gavrelle road. By 1917 it was turned into a German redoubt. The redoubt was captured by 34th Division on 9th April 1917 during the Battles of Arras. At the end of the war there were 82 graves in the cemetery, having been in use from April to November 1917 and again in May 1918. These are now in Plot I. More than 650 graves were brought into the cemetery from the surrounding area and other small burial sites after the war. There are now 794 British and Commonwealth burials, 399 of whom are identified.
Post Office Rifles Cemetery, Festubert
Proville British Cemetery
Quarry Cemetery, Marquion
Quarry Wood Cemetery, Sains-les-Marquion
Quarry Cemetery, Vermelles
Quatre-Vents Military Cemetery, Estrée-Cauchy
Quéant Communal Cemetery British Extension
Quéant Road Cemetery, Buissy
Quebec Cemetery, Chérisy
Raillencourt Communal Cemetery Extension
Ration Farm Military Cemetery, la Chapelle d'Armentières
Red Cross Corner Cemetery, Beugny
Ribécourt British Cemetery, Ribécourt-la-Tour
Ribécourt Railway Cemetery, Ribécourt-la-Tour
Ribécourt Road Cemetery, Trescault
Roclincourt Military Cemetery
Roclincourt Valley Cemetery
Roeux British Cemetery
Rookery British Cemetery, Héninel
Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard, Laventie
Rue David Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix
Rue-des-Berceaux Military Cemetery, Richebourg l'Aveuoué
Rue-des-Bacquerot Military Cemetery No. 1, Laventie
Rue-des-Bacquerot (13th London) Graveyard, Laventie
Rue du Bois Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix
Rue Petillon Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix
Rumilly Communal Cemetery Extension
Ruminghem Chinese Cemetery
Ruyaulcourt Military Cemetery
Sandpits British Cemetery Labeuvrière
Sailly-Labourse Communal Cemetery & Extension
Sailly-sur-la-Lys Canadian Cemetery
Sains-les-Marquion British Cemetery
Sancourt British Cemetery
St. André Communal Cemetery
Ste. Catherine British Cemetery, Arras
Saint-Pol-sur-Ternoise French Military Cemetery
2.3434218764305115The cemetery contains 724 French and one Belgian burial. The cemetery was used by the French Tenth Army during its occupation of the sector until March 1916.
St. Laurent Blangy German Military Cemetery
2.8174030780792236The cemetery was constructed in 1921 and 1922 by the French authorities as a collecting cemetery for the German casualties buried in the southern area of the Arras battlefront. There were reburials made here also from the north and east of Arras. In 1956 the German cemetery in Comines was closed and over 4,000 graves were reinterred at St. Laurent-Blangy. There are now 31,339 German burials in St. Laurent-Blangy, 24,873 of whom are buried in a Comrades Grave (mass grave).
St. Léger British Cemetery
St. Martin Calvaire British Cemetery, St. Martin-sur-Cojeul
St. Mary's A.D.S. Cemetery, Haisnes
There are almost 2,000 casualties in this cemetery, made after the Armistice. Graves were brought in from the Loos battlefield and most of the graves are for soldiers who fell in action in September and October, 1915.
One grave is confirmed by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as that of Lieutenant John Kipling, only son of Rudyard Kipling, the author famous for writing “The Jungle Book”.St. Mary's A.D.S. Cemetery, Haisnes
St. Nicholas British Cemetery, Arras
St. Olle British Cemetery, Raillencourt
St. Patrick's Cemetery, Loos-en-Gohelle
St. Pol British Cemetery, St. Pol-sur-Ternoise
2.3455139994621277The town of St. Pol-sur-Ternaise was an military administrative centre held by French forces until March 1916 when British forces took over the sector. The British No. 12 Stationary Hospital took up a position on the racecourse close to the town from 1st June 1916 to 1st June 1919. The British cemetery was started in March 1918 because the civilian cemetery extension had no more room for burials. There are 258 First World War Commonwealth burials in the cemetery. There are also four Second World War Commonwealth burials and two French military graves.
St. Pol Communal Cemetery Extension
2.342939078807831The British No. 12 Stationary Hospital was located at St. Pol-sur-Ternaise from 1st June 1916 to 1st June 1919. The British and Commonwealth burials were laid to rest between March 1916 and April 1918 in an extension to the civilian cemetery, called “Cimitière Thuillier”. The civilian cemetery is over 500 years old. There are 225 identified British casualties buried in the cemetery.
St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-l'Avoué
St. Venant Communal Cemetery
St. Venant-Robecq Road British Cemetery, Robecq
Sauchy-Cauchy Communal Cemetery & Extension
Sucrerie Cemetery, Ablain St. Nazaire
Sucrerie Cemetery, Epinoy
Sucrerie British Cemetery, Graincourt-lès-Havrincourt
Suffolk Cemetery, La Rolanderie Farm, Erquinghem-Lys
Summit Trench Cemetery, Croisilles
Sun Quarry Cemetery, Chérisy
Sunken Road Cemetery, Fampoux
Sunken Road Cemetery, Boisleux St. Marc
Sunken Road Cemetery, Villers-Plouich
Tank Cemetery, Guémappe
Tannay British Cemetery, Thiennes
Thélus Military Cemetery
Thiennes British Cemetery
Tigris Lane Cemetery, Wancourt
Tranchée-de-Mecknès Cemetery, Aix-Noulette
Tilloy British Cemetery, Tilloy-les-Mofflaines
Triangle Cemetery, Inchy-en-Artois
Upton Wood Cemetery, Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt
V.C. Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles
The only cemetery on the Western Front in which only Australian soldiers are interred. The cemetery contains the remains of 402 unknown Australian soldiers, unmarked by headstones but named on a memorial wall.
Vaulx Australian Field Ambulance Cemetery, Vaulx-Vraucourt
Vaulx Hill Cemetery, Vaulx-Vraucourt
Vermelles British Cemetery
Vielle-Chapelle New Military Cemetery, La Couture
Villers Plouich Communal Cemetery
Villers Station Cemetery, Villers-au-Bois
Vimy Communal Cemetery, Farbus
Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt
Vraucourt Copse Cemetery, Vaulx-Vraucourt
Wailly Orchard Cemetery, Wailly
Wancourt British Cemetery
Wanquetin Communal Cemetery & Extension
White City Cemetery, Bois Grenier
Windmill British Cemetery, Monchy-le-Preux
Woburn Abbey Cemetery, Cuinchy
“X” Farm Cemetery, La Chapelle d'Armentières
“Y” Farm Military Cemetery, Bois-Grenier
Zelobes Indian Cemetery, La Couture
Zivy Crater, Thélus
Zouave Valley Cemetery, Souchez
War Graves on the Western Front
An article providing background to the burial of military dead from the 1914-1918 war and why so many of the casualties are still recorded as “Missing”:War Graves for WW1 Dead on The Western Front
Registers for WW1 Military Burials and Commemorations
For information about the organizations which are responsible for the maintenance of graves and memorials to servicemen and women go to:War Grave Agencies
WW1 Military Cemeteries on the Western Front
Listings of the many hundreds of military cemeteries for casualties of the 1914-1918 war on the Western Front:Cemeteries on the Ypres Salient Battlefields Cemeteries on the Somme Battlefields
Empires of the Dead
by David Crane
A new book published in 2013 telling the fascinating story of Fabian Ware and his vision for the building of the First World War cemeteries. Shortlisted for the Samuel Johnson prize for non-fiction.
304 pages. Published by William Collins (26 Sep 2013). ISBN-10: 0007456654. ISBN-13: 978-0007456659
The Silent Cities
An Illustrated Guide to the War Cemeteries & Memorials to the Missing in France & Flanders 1914-1918 by Sidney C. Hurst
The History of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission by Julie Summers, Brian Harris and Ian Hislop
Features images by award winning photographer Brian Harris, never before seen photographs from the Commission's own archives and a new history of the Commission by renowned author Julie Summers.
On Fame's Eternal Camping Ground
A Study of First World War Epitaphs in the British Cemeteries of the Western Front by Trefor Jones
Based on five years' research, this book presents more than 1,500 epitaphs on First World War headstones in the cemeteries of Belgium and France. These tributes to young sons, husbands and brothers of that lost generation, buried far from home, provide an eloquent and moving demonstration of the power and beauty of language.
Lutyens and the Great War
by Tim Skelton & Gerald Gliddon
Sir Edwin Lutyens did many works in connection with the the First World War; Thiepval memorial on the Somme for example. This book describes the variety of these moving works and the stories behind them.
The Unending Vigil
This book by Philip Longworth tells the Commission's story from its beginnings on the Western Front during the First World War under the direction of Fabian Ware, describing the contribution made by the architects, sculptors, engineers, horticulturalists and men of letters who combined to create the war cemeteries and memorials that are so familiar today.
Atlas de Nécropole: Ministère des Anciens Combattants et Victimes de Guerre, 37, rue de Bellechasse, 75 007 Paris, La Documentation Française, 1994, ISBN: 2-11-002737-1
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Information about the origin and number of burials the British and Commonwealth cemeteries listed here is based on information provided in the cemetery registers produced by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. All photographs marked with CWGC are used with the kind permission of the commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsbundfürsorge