Terlincthun British Cemetery, Wimille

Cemetery Details

Location Rue de L'Aiglon, Terlincthun, Pas-de-Calais - Hauts-de-France, France
Co‑ordinates N50.74393, E1.61023
Description

Location Information
Terlincthun British Cemetery is situated on the northern outskirts of Boulogne. From Calais follow the A16 to Boulogne, come off at Junction 32 and follow the D96E for Wimereux Sud. Continue on this road for approximately 1 kilometre when the Cemetery will be found on the left hand side of the road. However, it should be noted that the entrance to the cemetery is in St Martin's Road, which is the road on the left immediately after the cemetery.

 

History Information
The first rest camps for Commonwealth forces were established near Terlincthun in August 1914 and during the whole of the First World War, Boulogne and Wimereux housed numerous hospitals and other medical establishments. The cemetery at Terlincthun was begun in June 1918 when the space available for service burials in the civil cemeteries of Boulogne and Wimereux was exhausted. It was used chiefly for burials from the base hospitals, but Plot IV Row C contains the graves of 46 RAF personnel killed at Marquise in September 1918 in a bombing raid by German aircraft. In July 1920, the cemetery contained more than 3,300 burials, but for many years Terlincthun remained an 'open' cemetery and graves continued to be brought into it from isolated sites and other burials grounds throughout France where maintenance could not be assured. During the Second World War, there was heavy fighting in the area in 1940. Wimille was devastated when, from 22 - 25 May, the garrison at Boulogne fought a spirited delaying action covering the withdrawal to Dunkirk. There was some fighting in Wimille again in 1944. The cemetery suffered considerable damage both from the shelling in 1940 and during the German occupation. The cemetery now contains 4,378 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and more than 200 war graves of other nationalities, most of them German. Second World War burials number 149. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

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TEDFORD, William Robert

Service number 3233
Private
47th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 23 Oct 1896

CURTIN, Cornelius Joseph

Service number 4092
Corporal
14th Field Artillery Brigade
AIF WW1
Born 1894

HINDE, Thomas

Service number 6266
Private
9th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 11 Sep 1892

PURDON, James

Service number 6599
Lance Corporal
26th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1890

LOCKYER, Eugene Valentine

Service number 5036
Corporal
28th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1894

BULLER, James

Service number 1839A
Private
46th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1883

SPARGO, Harold Charles

Service number 2889
Lance Corporal
44th Infantry Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 1894

FORBES, Thomas Laidlaw

Service number 6534
Private
1st Machine Gun Battalion
AIF WW1
Born 23 Aug 1895

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