BRUAY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
|Region||Pas de Calais|
|Total identified casualties||438 Find these records|
|Casualties from||First World War|
Starting the week of 25 February 2019, the trees between Commission graves at Bruay Communal Cemetery (Plot 1 Row A) and the French War Graves will be removed by the town of Bruay La Buissiere (they are the town’s trees). We will remove some of our headstones in this row for safety, and erect temporary markers this week in preparation. Access will be difficult during this work.
Bruay is a large village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 6 kilometres south-west of Bethune and 26 kilometres north-west of Arras. Leave Bruay on the N.41 (Bethune/St Pol road). Turn right where signposts indicate Lens/Calonne-Riquart. After 400 metres turn right again, sign Cimetiere Ouest. Continue up the hill past the minor memorial. The cemetery is found after one kilometre on the right hand side. The Commonwealth plot is in the far right hand corner.
The extension to the communal cemetery was begun by French troops in October 1914, on land belonging to the Compagnie des Mines de Bruay. When the French Tenth Army handed over this part of the line to Commonwealth forces in March 1916, the 22nd Casualty Clearing Station, which was established at Bruay, continued to bury in it. Nearly half the burials in the extension are from the Canadian Corps who occupied this sector from early in 1917. There are now 412 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in the extension. The Commonwealth plots, which were designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, also contain some French and German war graves.