Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery

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Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
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Le Trou Aid Post
For Allied war dead of World War I
Established October 1914
Location 50°37′26″N 02°49′35″E / 50.62389°N 2.82639°E / 50.62389; 2.82639 (Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery)Coordinates: 50°37′26″N 02°49′35″E / 50.62389°N 2.82639°E / 50.62389; 2.82639 (Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery)
near Fleurbaix
Designed by Sir Herbert Baker
Total burials 350+
Unknown
burials
200+
Burials by nation
Statistics source: Commonwealth War Graves Commission[1]

The Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery is a World War I cemetery located in the commune of Fleurbaix, in the Pas-de-Calais departement of France, about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) south of the village of Fleurbaix on the D175 road (rue de Pétillon).[1]

British soldiers of the 19th Infantry Brigade made the earliest burials at the site in October 1914 during the First Battle of Ypres.[2] By the end of the war, the cemetery contained 123 graves.[2] This number nearly tripled after a postwar consolidation of war burial sites, when Le Trou Aid Post was expanded by the architect Sir Herbert Baker.[2]

Described as one of Baker's most sentimental works,[3] the rural site is surrounded by a narrow moat and sheltered by a grove of weeping willows. Visitors approach over a footbridge and enter through a delicate cottage-style gateway.[3]

The cemetery contains more than 350 graves, and over two hundred are unidentified.[2] The dead represent the battlefields of Ypres, Le Maisnil (October 1914), Aubers Ridge (May 1915), Loos (September–October 1915), and Fromelles (July 1916).[2]

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  1. ^ a b "Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery, Fleurbaix". Cwgc.org. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 29 December 2013. .
  2. ^ a b c d e "CWGC – Cemetery Details". Cwgc.org. Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 29 December 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Geurst, Jeroen (2010). Cemeteries of the Great War by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Rotterdam: 010 Publ. p. 70. ISBN 9789064507151.