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Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery


Morbecque is a small village in the Department of the Nord, 3 kilometres south-west of Hazebrouck. Leave the church in Morbecque and head north on the D916 towards Hazebrouck. After approximately 1 kilometre there is a Plant Nursery on the left hand side. Take the small road which goes through the nursery and the cemetery will be found on the right hand side in amongst farm land.

The cemetery is well sign posted, it just feels rather weird to be driving into the nursery. The cemetery is however slightly beyond the greenhouses.

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Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery


Historical Information

Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery, begun by the 31st Division at the end of June 1918, was also used by the 40th Division. On its closure at the end of August the cemetery comprised Plots I and II, but after the Armistice Plots III and IV were added when scattered graves were brought into the cemetery from a wide area around Hazebrouck.

Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery

The earliest of these graves dates from May 1915, but the majority were from the fighting of April 1918.

There are now 300 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in the cemetery. Two further plots of 138 burials were added to the cemetery during the Second World War.

Among these later burials, all dating from May and June 1940, are special memorials to a number of casualties known to be buried within the cemetery whose graves could not be precisely located. 58 of the graves are unidentified. The original cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery


A soldier of the 1939-45 War

A soldier of the 1939-45 War
5th Royal Inniskilling
Dragoon Guards RAC
Died May 1940

Lieutenant Harry Whitmore

Lieutenant Harry Whitmore
3rd Bn Norfolk Regiment
Died on 11th August 1918 aged 25
Son of Mr J and Mrs L Whitmore,
of Desford, nr. Leicester

Grave: I D 5

Private William Irby

Private William Irby 3143
8th Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 4th May 1918 aged 37
Son of Jane Irby. Father of Ivy Irby,
of 6, Buckly St., Caulfield, Victoria, Australia

The beloved father of
Ivy and Lily
Of Victoria
Rest in peace

Grave: III B 7


Shot at Dawn

Private Charles Knight

Private Charles Knight 15437
10th Bn Royal Welch Fusiliers
Died on 15th November 1915 aged 28
Son of Mrs. Eliza Knight,
of 25, Filton Street, Fulham, London

Grave: III B 9

Shot for murder

On the 3rd November 1915 Knight returned to his quarters drunk. Once inside he began firing at random at the other members of his platoon, killing Private Alfred Edwards.
Knight who had only been in France five weeks was immediately arrested, tried and executed for murder.

Alfred Edwards is buried in Eecke Churchyard: Grave A 3


Other cemeteries in the area

Recent Additions

Brimont Churchyard

Braine Communal Cemetery

Soupir Churchyard

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