Cassel is a town and commune on one of the few high points of the department of the Nord. Cassel Communal Cemetery is on the south-east side of the town. From the Grand Place, head south on the Rue Maréchal Foch. The cemetery will be found 500 metres on the left hand side of the road.
During the 1914-18 War Cassel was at different periods the headquarters of both Maréchal Foch and Lord Plumer.
At the end of May 1940 the western flank of the British Expeditionary Force was on the line Dunkirk-Cassel-Hazebrouck, and Cassel was in the section defended by the 48th and 44th Division on 28th-29th May.
There are now nearly 100, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, almost 20 are unidentified and one of the soldiers from the United Kingdom whose grave could not be precisely located is commemorated by a special memorial inscribed Buried near this spot.
L/Corporal William Gwinnett 5180079
2nd Bn Glouctershire Regiment
Died on 27th May 1940 aged 29
Son of Frederick and Ellen Gwinnett,
of Sapperton, Gloucestershire
Grave: B 23
Soldat Antoine Cauwet
90th Bn Chasseurs à pied
Died on 8th May 1944