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Zouave Valley Cemetery

Location

Souchez is a village some 12 kilometres north of Arras on the main road to B├ęthune. Zouave Valley Cemetery is approximately 2 kilometres south-east of the village, and lies in the valley which extends southwards from Souchez on the western side of Vimy Ridge.

This really doesn’t do the route justice.

There is a sign in the village in the main square but after that it is a bit thin on information.

Continue along behind the houses until you are almost out of the village, the road then becomes a rather bumpy track as you pass the last remaining houses (if you turn left at the last exit in the village towards the hillside you arrive at Givenchy-en-Gohelle Canadian Cemetery — don’t do it, the road is awful. Go up to the Canadian Memorial and come in from the far side, your vehicle will thank you for it !) Once at the cemetery it is possible to turn around.

Zouave Valley Cemetery

 

Historical Information

The cemetery is named from French Regiments which fought round Souchez in 1914-15.

The cemetery was begun in May 1916, and used until June 1917. It suffered severely from shell fire. It was increased after the Armistice by the concentration of graves (which now form Plot I) from a wide area round Souchez.

Zouave Valley Cemetery

There are now nearly 250, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over a quarter are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 8 soldiers from the United Kingdom and 3 from Canada, known or believed to be buried among them.

Zouave Valley Cemetery

Five graves in Plot II, identified as a group but not individually, are marked by headstones bearing the additional words: Buried near this spot.

Zouave Valley Cemetery

The cemetery covers an area of 1,533 square metres and is enclosed by a rubble wall.

One German Soldier is buried in grave: II G 2.

 

Notre Dame de Lorette from Zouave Valley

Looking along the valley towards Souchez
Notre Dame de Lorette up on the left

 

Other cemeteries in the area


Recent Additions

Canadian Cemetery No.2

Givenchy Road Canadian Cemetery

Petit Vimy British Cemetery

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