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Chapelle-d'Armentières Old Military Cemetery


La Chapelle-d’Armentières is a village 1.5 kilometres to the west of Armentières, a large town in the north of France.

From the Mairie in La Chapelle-d’Armentières turn left onto the main road. The Old Military Cemetery will be found 500 metres along on the left.

The New Military Cemetery lies in the middle of the field behind the Old Military Cemetery.

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La Chapelle-d'Armentières Old Military Cemetery


Historical Information

The village of La Chapelle-d’Armentières was in British hands from October 1914 until the fall of Armentières on the 10th April 1918, and it was retaken in the following October. During the British occupation it was very close to the front line, and the cemeteries which it contains are those made by fighting units and Field Ambulances in the earlier days of trench warfare.

La Chapelle-d’Armentières Old Military Cemetery was begun in October 1914 by units of the 6th Division and used until October 1915.

The cemetery contains 103 First World War burials three of them unidentified.

The cemetery was designed by W H Cowlishaw.

La Chapelle-d'Armentières Old Military Cemetery

The New Cemetery in the field


Captain Eric Reid

Captain Eric Reid
1st Bn North Staffordshire Regiment
Died on 20th October 1914 aged 34
Third son of Major General A Reid
(Bombay Staff Corps).

Grave: A 6

Captain Norman Leslie

Captain Norman Leslie
3rd Bn Rifle Brigade
Died on 19th October 1914 aged 28
Son of Sir John Leslie, 2nd Bart., and Lady Leslie
of Glaslough, Co. Monaghan

Grave: A 8

The family home is still Castle Leslie and it was there that Sir Paul McCartney held one of his marriages.


Shot at Dawn

There are three executed soldiers within the cemetery

Private Alfred Atkinson 8014
1st Bn West Yorkshire Regiment
(Prince of Wales’s Own)
Died on 2nd March 1915 aged 24

Grave: B 8

Shot at Dawn for desertion

Having won a sum of money gambling, he spent it all on drink and decided to go missing. He managed to evade the Military Police for three weeks before being arrested.

Having a good conduct record the court recommended that he should be treated with mercy. General Smith-Dorrien, however, thought otherwise and confirmed the death sentence.

Private Ernest Kirk

Private Ernest Kirk 7981
1st Bn West Yorkshire Regiment
Died on 6th March 1915

Grave: B 9

Shot at Dawn for desertion

Within a few days of Atkinson’s execution, the battalion was required to furnish a second firing squad for Kirk. Both were shot at the Armentières Asylum by fellow prisoners (though the sergeant was warned that the same men should not be used twice).

Corporal Alexander Chisholm

Corporal Alexander Chisholm 14780
20th Army Troops Company
Royal Engineers
Died on 17th May 1915 aged 31
Son of James and Hannah Chisholm
of Heaton, Newcastle-on-Tyne
Husband of Janet Chisholm
of Moline, Manitoba, Canada

Grave: B 27

Shot at Dawn for murder

Whilst working on a job near Bailleul Chisholm fell out with one of his work party Lance Corporal Robert Lewis. Other members of the party bore witness to the effect that Lewis had accused Chisholm of falsifying the pay records. There had already been a lot of animosity between the two men and it culminated on the 4th May 1915 when Chisholm shot Lewis dead outside the Estaminet du Pelican in Bailleul.

His death certificate states that he also was shot at Armentières Asylum.

Shortly after his execution Chisholm was mentioned in dispatches for previous good work !

Robert Lewis is buried in Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Grave II A 172.


Other cemeteries in the area

Recent Additions

Brimont Churchyard

Braine Communal Cemetery

Soupir Churchyard

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