Wicres Village

Location

Wicres is a small village in the Départment du Nord, some 8 kilometres north-north-east of La-Bassée, on the Béthune-Lille road (N41).

From Arras it is more convenient to take the N47 which joins the N 41 at Illies.

From the N41 turn right onto the D22 just after the Route de La Bassée Soldatenfriedhof which borders the main road on your right.

Take the next road to your left into Wicres village.

The church is in the centre. Wicres Village Soldatenfriedhof can be found just behind it.

Wicres Village Soldatenfriedhof

Historical Information

The German military cemetery at Wicres Village was created in September 1915 following the fighting in the area of Neuve Chapelle and La Bassée.

Monument to the mine explosion

There is a monument within the cemetery honouring 210 soldiers who were killed in a mine explosion on the 25th September 1915.

A further 900 soldiers were buried here in the second half of 1915. Almost 1000 further graves were added in 1918 following the major German attack of May and the Allied counter-offensive in September and October.

Ivan Belischow

Russian Prisoner of War: Ivan Belischow

Following the war the French authorities ordered that graves from the twelve surrounding communes be brought into the cemetery. The dead are members of regiments from Westphalia, West Prussia, Posen, Silesia, Thuringia, Hesse, Saxony, Brandenburg, Baden, Bavaria, Lorraine and the Rhineland.

During the inter-war years repair works were allowed but lack of finances prevented any great investment.

Following the Franco-German War Graves Agreement of 19th July 1966 permission and resources were made available to carry out work on the cemetery.

The old wooden crosses were replaced with the current granite markers. Most of the markers carry the name of more than one soldier. There are eleven Jewish burials within the cemetery, each identifiable by its natural headstone.

The cemetery now contains 2824 casualties from the First World War. Each has an individual grave and only 128 are unknown (Unbekannt).

Jewish graves
 

Wicres Bassée Wicres Route de La Bassée Soldatenfriedhof
Wicres Churchyard Wicres Churchyard CWGC Cemetery