CALONNE-SUR-LA-LYS COMMUNAL CEMETERY

 

 

Pas De Calais

 

 

France

 

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Location Information

 

Calonne-sur-la-Lys is 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.



Historical Information

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.

 

 

 

 

World War One Burials

 

DOIDGE,REGINALD 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."

 

ROGERS,THOMAS,T,,,13/02/1915,,Lieutenant,Supply and Transport Corps,,France,,CALONNE-SUR-LA-LYS COMMUNAL CEMETERY,A.1.,

 

 

World War Two Burials

 

BARNES,STANLEY,S,22,,02/10/1944,,Warrant 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."


BUCKLEY,THOMAS,T,27,,25/05/1940,27/05/1940,Fusilier,Royal Welch Fusiliers,1st Bn.,France,'813905',CALONNE-SUR-LA-LYS COMMUNAL CEMETERY,Row B. Grave 2.,


DURSTON,JOHN 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."


GAY,JAMES SMITH,J S,26,,24/05/1940,,Private,Royal Scots,1st Bn.,France,'3053470',CALONNE-SUR-LA-LYS COMMUNAL CEMETERY,Row C. Grave 10.,


GRIFFITHS,DAVID,D,27,,29/05/1940,,Serjeant,Royal 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."


HUMPHREYS,EDWARD,E,21,,28/05/1940,,Fusilier,Royal Welch Fusiliers,1st Bn.,France,'4196969',CALONNE-SUR-LA-LYS COMMUNAL CEMETERY,Row B. Grave 6.,


POMPHRETT,EDWARD,E,20,,24/05/1940,,Fusilier,Royal 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."


ROBERTS,WILFRED,W,36,,29/05/1940,,Private,King's 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."


SEVER,CYRIL,C,20,,26/05/1940,27/05/1940,Private,Manchester Regiment,2nd Bn.,France,'2571860',CALONNE-SUR-LA-LYS COMMUNAL CEMETERY,Row C. Grave 11.,SON OF ALBERT EDWARD AND LIZA SEVER.