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UPLANDS CEMETERY, MAGNY-LA-FOSSE

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Country:
France
Locality:
Aisne
Identified Casualties:
40

Location Information

Magny-la-Fosse is a village about 10 kilometres north of St Quentin, 2 kilometres east of the road from St Quentin to Cambrai. Uplands Cemetery is 2 kilometres north-east of the village on the road to Joncourt.

Historical Information

The Canal de St. Quentin passes under the village of Bellicourt in a tunnel five kilometres long, built under the orders of Napoleon I. The Hindenburg Line ran west of the village, and the barges in the tunnel were used to shelter German reserves. About five kilometres south of Bellicourt, where the canal is open, is the village of Bellenglise, where another great tunnel or dug-out was made by the Germans.

On 29 September - 2 October 1918, the Battle of the St. Quentin Canal was fought. The 46th (North Midland) Division stormed the Hindenburg Line at Bellenglise and captured 4,000 prisoners and 70 guns. The 30th United States Division captured Bellicourt and Nauroy, which were cleared by the 5th Australian Division.

The village of Magny-la-Fosse was taken by the 46th (North Midland) Division on 29 September 1918, after their capture of Bellenglise, but the cemetery belongs rather to the 32nd Division, who followed after them.

Uplands Cemetery contains 43 burials of the First World War, three of them unidentified.

The cemetery was designed by W H Cowlishaw.