Longuenesse (St. Omer) Souvenir Cemetery Back to Search

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Cemetery Details

Location 76 - 84 Route des Bruyeres, Saint Omer, Pas de Calais - Hauts-de-France, France
Co‑ordinates N50.73114, E2.25023
Description

Location Information
St. Omer is a large town 45 kilometres south-east of Calais. Longuenesse is a commune on the southern outskirts of St. Omer. The Cemetery is approximately 3 kilometres from St Omer, beside the Wizernes (Abbeville) road (the D928), at its junction with the Rue des Bruyeres.

History Information
St. Omer was the General Headquarters of the British Expeditionary Force from October 1914 to March 1916. Lord Roberts died there in November 1914. The town was a considerable hospital centre with the 4th, 10th, 7th Canadian, 9th Canadian and New Zealand Stationary Hospitals, the 7th, 58th (Scottish) and 59th (Northern) General Hospitals, and the 17th, 18th and 1st and 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Stations all stationed there at some time during the war. St. Omer suffered air raids in November 1917 and May 1918, with serious loss of life. The cemetery takes its names from the triangular cemetery of the St. Omer garrison, properly called the Souvenir Cemetery (Cimetiere du Souvenir Francais) which is located next to the War Cemetery. The Commonwealth section of the cemetery contains 2,874 Commonwealth burials of the First World War (6 unidentified), with special memorials commemorating 23 men of the Chinese Labour Corps whose graves could not be exactly located. Second World War burials number 403, (93 unidentified). Within the Commonwealth section there are also 34 non-war burials and 239 war graves of other nationalities. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

 

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MILLAR, Arthur McCann

Service number 2179
Private
22nd Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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HURN, George Sylvester

Service number 1960
Private
10th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1890

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FRANCO, Henry Albert

Service number 1098
Private
28th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 24 Jul 1883

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WILLIAMS, Henry Roy Tasman

Service number 4616
Lance Corporal
12th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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CORBETT, St Elmo Rupert

Service number 657
Sergeant
7th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1891

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FLETCHER, George Adam

Service number 541
Private
20th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1

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SELBY, John Robert

Service number 12406
Gunner
Born 1894

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HARDMAN, Bertie

Service number 634
Private
40th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 11 Jan 1896

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