BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY
|Region||Pas de Calais|
|Total identified casualties||3069 Find these records|
|Casualties from||First & Second World War|
Due to restoration works being carried out to the Chapel at this cemetery the built-in register box will not be accessible. A temporary register box has been installed near the entrance. The works will last until the end of the year.
Bethune is a town 29 kilometres north of Arras. The cemetery can easily be found, from any point in Bethune, by following the French signs indicating 'CIMETIERE NORD'. More precisely, from the town centre, turn right in front of the Tribunal and second right at the bottom of the road down to the cul-de-sac where the cemetery will be found.
Opening times : 1 April to 30 September from 08:30 hrs. to 20:00 hrs. 1 October to 31 March from 08:30 hrs. to 18:30 hrs.
For much of the First World War, Bethune was comparatively free from bombardment and remained an important railway and hospital centre, as well as a corps and divisional headquarters. The 33rd Casualty Clearing Station was in the town until December 1917. Early in 1918, Bethune began to suffer from constant shell fire and in April 1918, German forces reached Locon, five kilometres to the north. The bombardment of 21 May did great damage to the town and it was not till October that pressure from the Germans was relaxed. Bethune Town Cemetery contains 3,004 Commonwealth burials of the First World War,11 being unidentified. This icludes 26 men of the 1/8th Manchester Regiment who were killed by a bomb on 22 December 1917 while marching to rest billets. Second World War burials number 19, 2 being unidentified. There are also 122 French and 87 German war graves, 38 of the German burials are unidentified. The Commonwealth section of the cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.