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Cemetery Details

Location Avenue Roger Salengro, Armentieres, Nord - Hauts-de-France, France
Co‑ordinates N50.68574, E2.863
Description

Location Information
Armentieres is a town in the Department of the Nord, on the Belgian frontier, 14.5 kilometres north-west of Lille. From the town of Armentieres take the D945 to Estaires. Cite Bonjean Military Cemetery is signposted off this road just before Erquinghem-sur-la-Lys. There is a level crossing situated approximately 100 metres from the cemetery.

History Information
Armentieres was occupied by the 4th Division on 17 October 1914 and it remained within the Allied lines until its evacuation ahead of the German advance on 10 April 1918, after a prolonged and heavy bombardment with gas shell. It was occupied by the Germans next day, and was not recovered until 3 October 1918.

CITE BONJEAN MILITARY CEMETERY was begun (Plot IX) in October 1914 and during the winter of 1914-15 it was used for civilian burials (later removed), the town cemetery at Le Bizet being too greatly exposed. The cemetery continued to be used by field ambulances and fighting units (particularly the 4th, 6th, 21st, New Zealand, 17th and 57th (West Lancashire) Divisions and the Australian Corps) until April 1918. Plots V, VI, VII and X were then used by the Germans. The cemetery now contains 2,132 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. In 1925, 455 German graves were removed from Plots V and VI, but more than 500 remain in the cemetery. There are also 33 Second World War burials, mostly dating from the months of occupation by the British Expeditionary Force, before the German invasion of May 1940. Within the cemetery stands the CITE BONJEAN (NEW ZEALAND) MEMORIAL, commemorating 47 officers and men of the New Zealand Division who died in the neighbourhood of Armentieres and have no known grave. This is one of seven memorials in France and Belgium to those New Zealand soldiers who died on the Western Front and whose graves are not known. The memorials are all in cemeteries chosen as appropriate to the fighting in which the men died.

The cemetery and memorial were designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

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MARSHMAN, Edgar Roy

Service number 225
Private
10th Machine Gun Company
AIF WW1
Born 2 May 1891

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WELLS, William Robert

Service number 534
Private
40th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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VICKERY, James Sidney Swanton

Service number 12394
Private
10th Field Ambulance
AIF WW1
Born 1895

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PUGH, James Henry

Service number 253
Sergeant
40th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1 Oct 1886

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SIMPSON, James William Albert

Service number OFFICER
Lieutenant Colonel
36th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 26 Oct 1882

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READING, George

Service number 1432
Private
36th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born May 1895

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DODD, Frederick William

Service number 1640
Private
36th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born Sep 1896

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JUDE, George Charles

Service number 1216
Private
38th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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