The Commonwealth War Graves Commission CWGC cemeteries :

British remembrance is symbolised by over 800 cemeteries of varying size, most of them established on the site of one of the Front’s temporary cemeteries or near an old rescue post.

Cabaret rouge cemetery - CRT NPDC©
Cabaret rouge cemetery - CRT NPDC©

 

Among the largest, Cabaret Rouge, at Souchez, is a magnificent, elegant and respectful place, an expression of the gentility shown by the British Empire as it remembered its fallen in the wake of such carnage.

Dud corner cemetery - Mathieu Brard©
Dud corner cemetery - Mathieu Brard©

Nevertheless, there are some small cemeteries which are just as moving, hidden away in wheat fields or woven into the wooded countryside. 

The British also built memorials, onto which they engraved the names of soldiers when went missing in combat. Some are of exceptional architectural beauty, like that of Dud Corner Cemetery in Loos-en-Gohelle.

The British Cemetery of "Cabaret Rouge" to Souchez among the largest in the region.

This cemetery, 742 Canadian soldiers whose 7645 and 115 Australians. It was established in March 1916 and used until the end of the war.

Cabaret red, small cafe red brick and tile destroyed during a bombing in May 1915, gave its name to the area of the front line where he was, and a communication trench.

Gathering 7665 graves of Commonwealth soldiers who fell during the Great War, the British Cemetery of "Cabaret Rouge" Souchez among the largest in the region.

When, in September 1915, French troops resumed Souchez, the village was razed. In March 1916, the British replaced the French on the Artois front. They create the entry Souchez, near the old settlement called the "Cabaret Rouge", a cemetery where the first of English and Canadian soldiers fallen in the area. After the Armistice, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery Souchez a grouping. For this, it collects 7000 bodies from battlefields in the region of Arras and from 103 other burial sites of Nord and Pas de Calais.It is in this cemetery that will Souchez exhumed May 25, 2000 the body of the "unknown Canadian soldier." It now lies before the War Memorial of Canada, Confederation Square in Ottawa.

The British Cemetery of "Dud Corner" to Loos en Gohelle (15 min)

In cemeteries and memorials around, especially in that of Dud Corner of Loos-en-Gohelle are honored number of icons. This is the case of Lieutenant John Kipling, son of the great British poet Rudyard Kipling author of The Jungle Book. With the reading of the poem by his father "You'll be a Man my son," John had wanted to commit to the front to meet the expectations and the glory of his father, while his extreme myopia prevented him.

Like many others, he fell near Loos-en-Gohelle, at the age of 18, 27 September 1915, two days after the outbreak of hostilities in the Battle of Loos.

Feeling responsible for the disappearance of his son, Rudyard Kipling sought him in vain until his own death in 1936. He traveled around the Loos-en-Gohelle in his famous Rolls-Royce, which earned him the nickname by the human inhabitants of the area at the Rolls. His son belongs to the missing of the Great War, the soldiers declared "known only to God" as the saying goes "Known unto God" invented by Rudyard Kipling as a tribute to his son.

At the end of the conflict the name of John Kipling is engraved on the Loos Memorial with the names of some 20,000 other soldiers dead including that of another famous character : the brother of the Queen Mother, Captain Fergus Bowes - Lyon.

Dud Corner memorial - Anne Sophie Flament©
Dud Corner memorial - Anne Sophie Flament©
Tomb John Kipling - John Foley & Anne Roze©
Tomb John Kipling - John Foley & Anne Roze©

 

The Loos Memorial Cemetery surrounds the Dud Corner so called because many of unexploded ordnance (Dud) found in the vicinity after the Great War.

It was not until 1992 that John Kipling's body was finally found and buried, near Loos-en-Gohelle in the British Cemetery St. Mary of the Haisnes-la Bassée (St. Mary ADS cemetery), cemetery erected at the site of a former British aid station.

Western Europe Area Office 

5-7 Rue Angèle Richard 

CS 10109 Postcode 62217 Beaurains 

( near Arras ) France

Tel: +33 (0) 3 21 21 77 00



The virtual poppy field from the History Pas-de-Calais website :

virtual poppy field from the great war history site in Pas de Calais France
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