Monuments and Memorials in French Flanders and Artois, France
The 1914-1918 battlefield area of French Flanders and Artois lies to the south of the Ypres Salient battlefields from the French-Belgian border to the south and east of Arras. In addition to the many cemeteries in the area there are memorials and monuments to commemorate those casualties who have no known grave, and particular military units which saw action in this region.
This list gives the locations of some of the more well known monuments and memorials in this battlefield sector.
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9th (Scottish) Division Memorial (near Point du Jour British Cemetery)
The memorial commemorates the 9th (Scottish) Division at the Battle of Arras, 9th April 1917.9th (Scottish) Division Memorial
12th Division Memorial, La Chapelle de Feuchy
The memorial cross, in the form of a cross in the cathedral of York Minster, England, marks the place where the 12th Division was in action in April 1917.
A similar memorial to the 12th Division is located at Malassie Farm, Epehy (division took the village in September 1918)
37th Division Memorial, Monchy-le-Preux
The memorial commemorates the action by the 37th Division on 11th April 1917 in the Battle of Arras.37th Division Memorial, Monchy-le-Preux
55th (West Lancashire) Division, Givenchy-les-la-Bassée
Ablain St-Nazaire French Military Cemetery & Memorial “Notre Dame de Lorette”
The Lantern Tower monument stands in the centre of the largest French military cemetery in the world with a total number of 40,057 casualties, almost all of whom are from the First World War.Ablain St-Nazaire French Military Cemetery “Notre Dame de Lorette”
Arras Memorial to the Missing, Arras
There are 34,796 British and Commonwealth casualties of the First World War commemorated on the Arras Memorial to the Missing.Arras Memorial to the Missing
Arras Flying Services Memorial, Arras
The Arras Flying Services Memorial commemorates the names of 990 airmen who were killed while serving on The Western Front during the First World War and who have no known grave.Arras Flying Services Memorial
Australian Memorial Park, Bullecourt
The Memorial Park commemorates all those Australians who fought and fell at the Battles of Bullecourt, April to May 1917.
Australian Memorial Park, Fromelles
The Memorial Park commemorates all those Australians who fought and fell at the Battle of Fromelles, 19th-20th July 1916.
Cambrai Memorial to the Missing
Canadian National Vimy Memorial
The location of the highest point of the Vimy Ridge at Hill 145 was selected as the location for a memorial to all Canadians who served in Canadian forces during the First World War. The memorial bears the names of 11,169 missing Canadians who died and who do not have a known grave.Canadian National Vimy Memorial
Cité Bonjean New Zealand Memorial, Armentières
The Cité Bonjean New Zealand Memorial commemorates 47 officers and men of the New Zealand Division who fell in action in the area of Armentières and who have no known grave. This is one of seven such memorials to Missing New Zealand Forces on the Western Front.
Demarcation Stone, La Chapelle de Feuchy
A Demarcation Stone on the N39, a few kilometres east of Arras, marks the furthest westerly point in the line to which the German Army advanced in its spring offensive of 1918. The German advance of 1918 was held here by the British Army.Demarcation Stone Monuments on the Western Front
Dury Crossroad Canadian Memorial
La Targette French Memorial
Le Touret Memorial to the Missing
Le Touret Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'Avoue, France
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.
Loos Memorial to the Missing
Dud Corner British Cemetery and Loos Memorial.
Loos Memorial to the Missing is in the same location as Dud Corner British Cemetery, on the busy M43 Lens-Mazingharbe road. The Memorial forms the sides and back of the cemetery. This is the location of a German redoubt called the Lens Road Redoubt on British Army maps. It was captured by 15th (Scottish) Division on 25th September 1915, the first day of the Battle of Loos. This memorial commemorates 20,609 officers and men of the British forces who died in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the British First Army to the east and west of Grenay.
Newfoundland Regiment Memorial, Monchy-le-Preux
Notre Dame de Lorette, French Military Cemetery & Memorial: See above Ablain St-Nazaire French Military Cemetery & Memorial
Seaforth Highlanders Memorial, Fampoux
V.C. Corner Australian Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles
VC Corner Cemetery and Memorial, Fromelles. CWGC
V.C. Corner Cemetery and Memorial was created after the Armistice. The monument contains the graves of 410 Australian soldiers who died during the attack at Fromelles on 19th and 20th July 1916 and whose remains were found after the battlefields were cleared in 1919. Not one of the discovered bodies, however, could be identified. It was decided that the bodies would not be buried in individual graves but they would be buried at this location and their names would be commemorated on a memorial here, together with the names of another 796 who were recorded as missing, presumed killed in action. A total of 1,206 Australian soldiers are commemorated on the memorial.
Vimy Memorial: see above Canadian National Vimy Memorial
Vis-en-Artois Memorial to the Missing
The Vis-en-Artois Memorial commemorates the names of over 9,000 British, Irish and South African casualties who died in the period from 8th August 1918 until the Armistice on 11th November 1918.
Related TopicsFrench Flanders and Artois Battlefields of WW1, France Cemeteries in French Flanders and Artois
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission: Information about the origin and number of burials in the British and Commonwealth military cemeteries listed here is based on information provided in the cemetery registers produced by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Photographs marked with “CWGC” are used with the kind permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
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