a village 38 kilometres north-north-west of Arras and 11 kilometres north of
Bethune on the D180.
The Communal Cemetery surrounds the church which is in the middle of the
village. The Commonwealth war graves are in four plots: one containing 7
burials from the Second World War, one containing 13 burials from the Second
World War, one containing a single burial from the First World War, and
finally a plot containing 3 burials from the Second World War and 1 burial
from the First World War.
During the withdrawal of the British Expeditionary Force to Dunkirk in May
1940, there was heavy fighting in the area around Calonne-sur-la-Lys, and most
of the inhabitants left the area. The school was used by the Germans as an aid
post, and British soldiers who died at Calonne, either in battle or of wounds
while prisoners, were buried by the Germans in the field behind the school. In
1942 the local people moved these graves into the communal cemetery, but in
the meantime the rough grave markers had in many instances become illegible.
The identity discs and personal possessions had mostly been removed before
burial, so that in 1942 few of the dead could be identified.
The communal cemetery now contains 23 Commonwealth burials of the Second World
War, 14 of which are unidentified. There are also two burials from the First
World War One Burials
CHAMBERLAIN,R C,26,,02/03/1916,,Captain,Lancashire Fusiliers,17th
Bn.,France,,CALONNE-SUR-LA-LYS COMMUNAL CEMETERY,A.5.,"HUSBAND OF CLARA DOIDGE,
OF 96, DERBY RD., LOUGHBOROUGH."
and Transport Corps,,France,,CALONNE-SUR-LA-LYS COMMUNAL CEMETERY,A.1.,
World War Two Burials
Officer,Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve,198 Sqdn.,France,'1430715',CALONNE-SUR-LA-LYS
COMMUNAL CEMETERY,Row B. Grave 1.,"SON OF MR. AND MRS. N. BARNES; HUSBAND OF
NORAH C. BARNES, OF ELLOUGH, SUFFOLK."
Welch Fusiliers,1st Bn.,France,'813905',CALONNE-SUR-LA-LYS COMMUNAL
CEMETERY,Row B. Grave 2.,
M.,J M,21,,27/05/1940,,Lance Corporal,Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders,6th
Bn.,France,'4274676',CALONNE-SUR-LA-LYS COMMUNAL CEMETERY,Row B. Grave 7.,"SON
OF JOHN AND DOROTHY MARY DURSTON, OF NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE."
SMITH,J S,26,,24/05/1940,,Private,Royal Scots,1st Bn.,France,'3053470',CALONNE-SUR-LA-LYS
COMMUNAL CEMETERY,Row C. Grave 10.,
Welch Fusiliers,1st Bn.,France,'4188082',CALONNE-SUR-LA-LYS COMMUNAL
CEMETERY,Row A. Grave 2.,"SON OF WILLIAM AND ELIZABETH GRIFFITHS; HUSBAND OF
MARY ELIZABETH GRIFFITHS, OF WREXHAM, DENBIGHSHIRE."
Welch Fusiliers,1st Bn.,France,'4196969',CALONNE-SUR-LA-LYS COMMUNAL
CEMETERY,Row B. Grave 6.,
Northumberland Fusiliers,8th Bn.,France,'6915538',CALONNE-SUR-LA-LYS COMMUNAL
CEMETERY,Row C. Grave 6.,"SON OF FREDERICK GEORGE AND ELIZABETH POMPHRETT, OF
BETHNAL GREEN, LONDON."
Own Royal Regiment (Lancaster),6th Bn.,France,'3711938',CALONNE-SUR-LA-LYS
COMMUNAL CEMETERY,Row B. Grave 5.,"SON OF HUBERT AND HARRIOT ROBERTS; HUSBAND
OF VIOLET ROBERTS, OF LANCASTER."
Regiment,2nd Bn.,France,'2571860',CALONNE-SUR-LA-LYS COMMUNAL CEMETERY,Row C.
Grave 11.,SON OF ALBERT EDWARD AND LIZA SEVER.