SAILLY-SUR-LA-LYS CANADIAN CEMETERY

Country France
Region Pas de Calais
Total identified casualties 317 Find these records
Casualties from First World War

Location Information

The village of Sailly-sur-la-Lys lies approximately 7 kilometres west of Armentieres. From Armentieres follow the road to Estaires, traversing the small town of Ergingham-Lys and then joining the D945 to Estaires. Follow the D945 for approximately 5 kilometres until reaching the village of Sailly-sur-la-Lys. Continue through the village on the same road and the Cemetery lies 2 kilometres on the other side of the village, directly on the left hand side of the road opposite the Anzac Cemetery.


History Information

Sailly Church was burnt during the open fighting of October 1914, when French cavalry and British and German infantry fought on the Lys, but from the winter of 1914-1915 to the spring of 1918 the village was comparatively untouched. It was captured by the Germans on 9 April 1918, and it remained in their hands until the beginning of September. The cemetery was begun by Canadian units in March 1915, and used as a front-line cemetery until July 1916; it contains 313 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and one German grave. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

NEARBY CWGC CEMETERIES & Memorials

ANZAC CEMETERY, SAILLY-SUR-LA-LYS

Location: France, Pas de Calais

Number of casualties: 326

SAILLY-SUR-LA-LYS CHURCHYARD

Location: France, Pas de Calais

Number of casualties: 49

LAVENTIE MILITARY CEMETERY, LA GORGUE

Location: France, Nord

Number of casualties: 549