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LIEVIN COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION

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Country:
France
Locality:
Pas de Calais
Identified Casualties:
300

Location Information

Lievin is a small town in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 3.5 kilometres west of Lens.

The Communal Cemetery is on the south-west side of the town on the road to Givenchy-en-Gohelle.

Visiting Information

Wheelchair access is possible with some difficulty. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our Enquiries Section on telephone number 01628 507200.

Historical Information

Lievin was captured by the Canadian Corps on the 14th April 1917, and remained in British hands until the end of the War.

The Extension was made after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the battlefields North and South of Lens and from certain smaller cemeteries, including:-

ACHEVILLE ROAD CEMETERY, VIMY, 800 metres East of the village, in which were buried 30 soldiers from Canada and three from the United Kingdom who fell in April and May 1917.

ANGRES CHURCHYARD, in which 26 soldiers from the United Kingdom, nine men of the Canadian Garrison Artillery and five German prisoners were buried in April-September 1917.

BOIS-DE-NOULETTE ROAD CEMETERY, on the North-East side of the hamlet of Noulette, begun by the French and containing the graves of eleven soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell in 1916.

EMMERIN GERMAN CEMETERY, between Emmerin and Haubourdin, containing the graves of two Flying Officers killed in September 1918.

HARNES COMMUNAL CEMETERY GERMAN EXTENSION, in which eight soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried in 1917.

KING'S CROSS MILITARY CEMETERY, SOUCHEZ, on the side of the ridge between Souchez and Givenchy, begun by French troops and containing the graves of six Canadian soldiers who fell in April 1917.

LA FOSSE-AUX-LOUPS FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY, AIX NOULETTE, 460 metres East of the hamlet of Noulette, containing the graves of three men of the Royal Naval Division who fell in July 1916.

LORETTE FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY No.5, between Noulette and the Chapel of Notre Dame, containing the graves of 48 French soldiers and those of eleven from the United Kingdom who fell in 1916. The present French National Cemetery of Notre Dame-de-Lorette is on the summit of the plateau between Noulette and Ablain-St. Nazaire, and it contains the graves of 34,000 French and Russian soldiers; the Chapel which marked the site was captured by French troops on the 12th May 1915, and a tall beacon or lighthouse is now erected on the spot as a French War Memorial.

NOULETTE ORCHARD CEMETERY, on the North-West side of the hamlet of Noulette, begun by the French and containing the graves of nine soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell in 1916.

RIAUMONT CEMETERY, LIEVIN, on the East side of the Bois-de Riaumont, containing the graves of 19 Canadian soldiers who fell in August 1917.

The majority of the soldiers buried here fell in April 1917, but others were killed as early as January 1915, and as late as October 1918.

There are now nearly 700, 1914-18 and a small number of 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over half from the 1914-18 War are unidentified and special memorials are erected to ten soldiers from the United Kingdom and one from Canada who are believed to be buried in the Extension. Other special memorials record the names of three men of the 46th Canadian Infantry Battalion, buried at King's Cross Military Cemetery, Souchez, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire.

The cemetery covers an area of 2,294 square metres and is enclosed by a brick wall.

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