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St Pol British Cemetery

Location

The town of St. Pol is about 29 kilometres south-west of B├ęthune and 34 kilometres west-north-west of Arras. The Cemetery is to the south of the town on the road to Frevent (the D916).

The cemetery is easily reached by taking the Arras-Montreuil Road D 939. As you come round the town on the by-pass take the Frevent exit but turn towards St Pol.

The cemetery is tucked a little way off the road on the right. Parking is difficult so drive further down the road and park there.

St Pol British Cemetery

 

Historical Information

St. Pol-sur-Ternoise was a military administrative centre during the whole of the First World War and was taken over by Commonwealth troops from the French in March 1916.

No.12 Stationary Hospital was posted on the race-course near the town from 1 June 1916 to 1 June 1919. St. Pol British Cemetery was begun in March 1918, when the extension to the communal cemetery was almost full; the last burial was made in July 1920.

During the Second World War, the 44th Division was in the St. Pol area as reserve to 3rd Corps at the end of March 1940 and during the furious fighting covering the withdrawal of the British Expeditionary Force to Dunkirk in May 1940, even a mobile bath unit took part in the defence of St. Pol.

St Pol British Cemetery

St. Pol British Cemetery contains 258 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. the graves of seven Australian servicemen are represented by special memorials; they were among sixteen men of the 58th Battalion AIF killed by a shell at St. Pol station on 27 March 1918.

The cemetery also contains four Second World War burials and two unidentified French war graves.

St Pol became Headquarters of the British Forces after the war and it was in the town that Britain’s unknown soldier was chosen. A CWGC styled headstone opposite the Gare SNCF (railway station) commemorates this event.

 


Lance Corporal George Dickinson

Lance Corporal George Dickinson 4748926
6th Bn The York and Lancaster Regiment
Died on 23rd May 1940 aged 21
Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Dickinson
of Barnsley, Yorkshire

Grave: I F 6


Private W Humberstone

Private W Humberstone 29102
17th Bn York and Lancaster Regiment
Died on 28th December 1918

Grave: I E 13


Private O Lewis

Private O Lewis 56738
74th Bn Machine Gun Corps
Died on 12th November 1918 aged 30
Son of the late John Lewis
of 26, Rating Row, Beaumaris, Anglesey

Grave: I D 11


Private H White

Private H White 215895
745th Area Employment Coy
Labour Corps
Died on 31st October 1918 aged 33
Son of Mr. W. H. and Mrs. E. A. White
of Cannon Gate, Devoran, Cornwall

Grave: II C 16

Call not back
The dear departed
Anchored safe
Where storms are o’er


Worker Annie Miller

Worker Annie Miller 10884
Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps
Died on 29th July 1920
Daughter of Mr. E. T. Miller
of 27, North Clive St. Grangetown, Cardiff

Grave: III E 16

The last of the Great War burials.

 

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