Etaples Military Cemetery, France

Etaples Military Cemetery

Etaples Military Cemetery is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery, situated in Etaples, called “Eat Apples”, near Boulogne on the north-west coast of France.

Etaples Military Cemetery - France The cemetery holds over 11,500 dead from both World War I and World War II.

During the First World War, Etaples area was a place where Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals were concentrated. It was accessible by railway from both the Northern and the Southern battlefields and remote from attack, except by air.

In 1917 100, 000 troops were camped between the sand dunes and the hospitals. They comprised eleven general hospitals a stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot and all of them could handle 22,000 wounded or sick. Etaples Military Cemetery - France
Etaples Military Cemetery - France The cemetery contains 10,771 Commonwealth graves of the First World War,  35 of them are unidentified.
Hospitals were again stationed at Etaples during the Second World War and the cemetery was used for burials from January 1940 until the evacuation at the end of May 1940.
After the war a number of graves were brought into the cemetery from other French burial grounds, 38 of them are unidentified. Etaples Military Cemetery also contains 662 Non Commonwealth graves, mainly German, including 6 unidentified. There are also now 5 Non World War service burials here. Etaples Military Cemetery - France

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens. In our next Issue, we will tell you more about another Lutyen’s project – Thiepval - Memorial of the missing of the Somme. It was inaugurated on May 14th, 1922 by King George V and General Douglas Haig.

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Map of Etaples Military Cemetery, France

Etaples Military Cemetery, France

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