Chemin des Dames

Soupir French Military Cemetery No 2

Soupir is a village situated on the D 925 between Bourg-et-Comin and Vailly-sur-Aisne.

Soupir No 2 French Cemetery

There are a number of Military Cemeteries in the village. Coming from the direction of Pontavert/Bourg-et-Comin this cemetery and its sister on the opposite side of the road are impossible to miss.

 

History

This cemetery was commenced in 1934 when it was discovered that there wasn't enough room for all the bodies that had been recovered in Soupir Military Cemetery No 1.

The Two Unknown British Soldiers

Two unknown British soldiers rest in the cemetery

With the original cemetery full to capacity, a second cemetery was required for a further 2 000 soldiers, and the present cemetery was opened to receive them.

Belgian Victim

One of the Second World War Belgian Civilians

The cemetery now holds the remains of 2 829 soldiers and civilians killed during the First or Second World Wars.

There are 1 966 French soldiers from the First War in either individual or collective graves plus another 250 in a mass grave.

There are two unknown British soldiers, five Belgians, twenty seven Russians and a single German.

Soupir 1914/1917 Soupir 1914/1917

In 1954 it was decided to bring in the remains of 545 French soldiers killed during the French Campaign of May-June 1940.

Then in 1988 the remains of 33 Belgian Civilians killed during the Second World War were brought in from the Communal Cemetery at Laon.

The cemetery is still open for further burials when required.


Soldier Maertens

Soldaat Alfons J Maertens
17e Linieregiment
Belgian Army
Born on 23 December 1896
Died on 30 July 1919 aged 22

 
Soupir French Military Cemetery No 2

Soupir French Military Cemetery No 2

 

16 April 2007

As part of the 90th Anniversary commemorations local school children chose 90 soldiers, from the various Chemin des Dames cemeteries, who had been killed on the first day of the fighting and placed flowers on their graves.

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Gathering schoolchildren and parents Searching for a grave Two wee cutties - one French the other Russian laying flowers
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Two Russian Soldiers from the 10th RI

At Soupir soldiers from France, North Africa, Russia and Germany were so honoured.

Each school taking part had conducted research about each of the soldiers concerned.

These two Russian soldiers appear to have been in the French 10th Infantry - who were not here in April 1917. So how they died on the 16th April 1917 I am not certain.

Téléphoniste Vladimir Andreev
10è Régiment d'Infanterie
Died on 16 April 1917
Grave: 1739

Soldat Piotr Moscalov
10è Régiment d'Infanterie
Died on 16 April 1917
Grave: 1739

 

Don't forget to visit the French and German cemeteries across the road and the British Cemetery in the churchyard.

Soupir French and German Military Cemeteries Soupir French and German Military Cemeteries
Soupir Churchyard Soupir Churchyard

A short distance further on towards Vailly-sur-Aisne will bring you to the Italian Cemetery at Mont Sapin.

Soupir Italian Military Cemetery Soupir Italian Military Cemetery