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ARQUES-LA-BATAILLE BRITISH CEMETERY

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Casualty Record Detail
Casualty Record Detail
Casualty Record Detail
Casualty Record Detail
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Country:
France
Locality:
Seine-Maritime
Identified Casualties:
377

Location Information

Arques-la-Bataille (it owes the latter part of its name to the victory of Henri IV of France over the Duc de Mayenne in 1589) is a small town 6 Kms south-east of Dieppe on the Dieppe-Neufchatel-en-Bray Road.

Arques-la-Bataille British Cemetery is in the Archelles district of the town. It can be reached from the main square by initially taking the D56 heading towards St. Nicolas-d-Aliermont. At the junction with the D1 (Martin-Eglise to St. Aubin-le-Cauf road), take the third exist, a farm track, which should be signposted to the cemetery.

Visiting Information

Due to the bad weather we have suffered this winter the access to the cemetery is restricted for vehicles,as there is no turning point when you arrive at the cemetery.We would recommend parking vehicles off the road at the bottom of the long pathway which leads to the cemetery.Access for visitors with mobility issues should be aware that the first part of the pathway is uphill on undulating ground and once at the top the path is very wet and muddy.The whole length of the pathway is approximately 600m.The current situation will hopefully improve once we have a period of settled weather.The CWGC office at Beaurains can be contacted on 0033321217700 to give updates on the latest access information

Historical Information

The South African Native Labour Corps came to France early in 1917 and No.1 General Labour Hospital was established at its camp at Arques-la-Bataille. Most of the burials in the cemetery are of men of the Corps, many of whom died at the hospital. The cemetery also contains a memorial to all men of the Corps who died in France. This is in the middle of the cemetery and is a Great War Stone of a grey colour, on the face of which is a concave bronze medallion with the head of a springbok in high relief; and inscribed on the stone, in English, Sesuto and Isixosa, are the words:.
"To the memory of those Natives of the South African Labour Corps who crossed the seas in response to the call of their great Chief, King George V, and laid down their lives in France, for the British Empire, during the Great War 1914-1918, this Memorial is erected by their comrades.".

In addition, 116 graves were added in 1953 from Division 5 of Ste. Marie Cemetery, Le Havre.

There are now 381 burials of the First World War in the cemetery.

The cemetery was designed by J.R. Truelove. The memorial was designed by Arthur J.S. Hutton.

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