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St Etienne-Au-Mont Communal Cemetery


St Etienne is a small town approximately 2 kilometres south of Boulogne sur Mer. Leave Boulogne on the D901 travelling through the industrial estate (Abbeville par RN). At Isques take the D940 from the large roundabout signposted Le Touquet (Ideally at the traffic lights you want to be in the right hand lane). Cross the Pont-de-briques and continue for 1.7 kilometres. The cemetery is on the right hand side.

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St Etienne au Mont Communal Cemetery

Historical Information

No.2 Native Labour General Hospital was posted to St Etienne-au-Mont from 1917 to 1919 and the communal cemetery contains burials from that hospital, mostly men of the Chinese Labour Corps.

There are now 168 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in the cemetery.

Chinese Memorial at St Etienne au Mont

Chinese Labourers Memorial

Within the cemetery is a monument to the Chinese Labourers.

A plaque in French and English states :

To the memory of the Chinese labourers
Who died on service in France during the Great War and are buried in this cemetery.
This monument was erected by their comrades.
December 1919.

St Etienne au Mont Communal Cemetery
Labourer Hu Chiu Han

Labourer Hu Chiu Han 7128
25th Company
Chinese Labour Corps
Died on 14th January 1918

Grave: I B 10

Labourer Sung Yung An

Labourer Sung Yung An 93264
153rd Company
Chinese Labour Corps
Died on 8th October 1918

Grave: I E 11

Fireman Lee Pak

Fireman Lee Pak 50
HMT Montilla
Died on 18th October 1918

Grave: I E 9

Greaser Low Foo

Greaser Low Foo 42
HMT Montilla
Died on 18th October 1918

Grave: I E 6

Private Jaftea Mpata Matobela

Private Jaftea Mpata Matobela 2805
7th Company South African
Native Labour Corps
Died on 6th October 1917

Grave: I B 16

Other cemeteries in the area

Meerut Military Cemetery contains numerous Indian soldiers.

The main Chinese cemetery is located about half forty-five minutes away towards Abbeville on the bay of the Somme — which is well worth visiting in its own right. Simply continue southwards along the D 940 towards St Valery. The road will take you past the largest CWGC cemetery in France, at √Čtaples.