Lillers is a small town about 15 kilometres west-north-west of Bethune and
the Communal Cemetery and Extension lie to the north of the town. From the
Mairie in the centre of the town, head north on the D182, after 500 metres turn
right onto Rue St Venant. The cemetery is a further 200 metres on the left hand
side. Within the Communal Cemetery the Commonwealth war graves are situated on
the right hand side half way up the cemetery central path, and the Extension is
at the far right end of the Communal Cemetery. Both cemeteries are signposted.
Lillers was used for British billets and Headquarter offices from the autumn
of 1914 to April, 1918.
It was during that time a hospital centre; the 6th, 9th, 18th, 32nd, 49th
and 58th Casualty Clearing Stations were in the town at one time or another,
and they buried their dead on the right of the central path of the Communal
Cemetery, working back from Plot I.
In April, 1918, the Germans advanced as far as Robecq; Lillers came under
shell-fire, and the units holding this front continued to bury beyond the
cemetery boundary, in the Extension.
There are now nearly 900, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site.
Of these, nearly 70 are unidentified.
The British plots in the Communal Cemetery, and the one plot which is the
Extension, cover together an area of 2,346 square metres.