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Cemetery Details

Location Sailly-sur-la-Lys., Pas de Calais, France
Co‑ordinates N50.65271, E2.76311
Description

Location Information
The Cemetery is on the north-west side of the road between Armentieres and Bethune, the D945, just north of the village Sailly-sur-la-Lys.

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.

Anzac Cemetery was begun by Australian units in July 1916, immediately before the Attack at Fromelles, and it contains the graves of many Australian soldiers who died in that engagement. It continued in use as a front-line cemetery until April 1918 and was used by German troops for the burial of Commonwealth soldiers during the following summer.

Anzac Cemetery contains 320 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. 62 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to seven casualtes known or believed to be buried among them, and to three soldiers buried by the Germans in Sailly Churchyard whose graves could not be located. It also contains five Second World War burials and six German graves.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

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DALY, Leslie Richmond

Service number 184
Private
31st Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1893

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ASHDOWN, Cecil Parker

Service number 5363
Sapper
Born 1897

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BLACK, George

Service number 1504
Private
58th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 5 Mar 1894

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SWEENEY, John Leonard

Service number 4915
Private
56th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 5 May 1873

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MARTIN, Francis

Service number 3430
Private
56th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 12 Oct 1880

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LOWE, Albert Edward

Service number 2869
Private
14th Machine Gun Company
AIF WW1
Born 27 Aug 1896

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BANCROFT, Harry Walter

Service number 3010
Private
53rd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1889

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SMYTH, Arthur Montague

Service number 4239
Private
54th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1891

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