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St Pol War Cemetery

Location

St. Pol-sur-Ternoise is a small town 34 kilometres west-north-west of Arras on the D 939 road to Hesdin and Montreuil. The War Cemetery is situated on high ground north of St. Pol some 275 metres north of the old communal cemetery.

Coming in from the by-pass pass through the town centre with the Town Hall and church on your right. A little further along take the road to your right: Route d’Arras. The next on your left is the Rue de Cimetière.

Follow this road around the top of the cemetery and take the left junction at the fork. The next on the right will bring you to the cemetery.

 

Historical Information

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.

There are now nearly 60, 1939-45 war casualties commemorated in this site.

It would be reasonably accurate to say that the 1940 casualties are infantry whilst those of 1944 are airmen.

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.

 

Other cemeteries in the area


Recent Additions

Canadian Cemetery No.2

Givenchy Road Canadian Cemetery

Petit Vimy British Cemetery

CWGC Poppy Button