Faubourg Pavé

The Faubourg Pavé Cemetery

As you drive out towards the battlefields from the centre of Verdun you will pass this large military cemetery.

At the main entrance are a variety of French field guns

There are 5 000 burials here including near the central cross, the Square of the Unknown Soldiers.

Following the ceremony at the Citadel to chose France's Unknown Soldier, the remaining seven coffins were brought here and laid to rest under the cross.

The central cross, and the seven ' unchosen ' unknown soldiers

There is a small plaque which in essence suggests the idea that the visitor should pay every respect to these men: any of them could be a brother, a father, a son, or perhaps for us today, a great grandfather.