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Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension




Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Nord, France. Bailleul was an important railhead, air depot and hospital centre for much of the War, with the 2nd, 3rd, 8th, 11th, 53rd, 1st Canadian and 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Stations quartered in it for considerable periods. The earliest Commonwealth burials were made at the east end of the communal cemetery and in April 1915, when the space available had been filled, the extension was opened on the east side of the cemetery. The extension was used until April 1918 and again in September. After the Armistice, graves were brought in from the neighbouring battlefields. The cemetery contains 4,403 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.There are also 17 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War and 154 German burials from both wars.

One man of the North Irish Horse, Private W.F.C. Arthur, is buried here. The location of his grave is shown on the CWGC cemetery plan below.








Images kindly provided as follows: Image 1 Andy Bailey via Flickr www.flickr.com/photos/andybailey; image 2 Simon Godly, via his First World War website at www.webmatters.net. Images 3 and 4 Copyright © Phillip Tardif with all rights reserved as set out in this Use of Material policy. Information and cemetery plan sourced from Commonwealth War Graves Commission www.cwgc.org.