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Zelobes Indian Cemetery

Location

La Couture is a village and commune in the department of Pas-de-Calais between Béthune and Estaires, and Zelobes is a hamlet in the north-west on the Béthune-Estaires main road (N945). The cemetery is well signposted from the village.

I could find no sign post at all. The cemetery is tucked behind the houses immediately opposite the junction for Vieille Chapelle. There is a small parking space on the road near the pathway leading to the cemetery.

Zelobes Indian Cemetery

 

Historical Information

The hamlet of Zelobes remained in British hands from the early days of the War until the 11th April 1918, when it was captured by the Germans; it was evacuated by them on the following 30th August.

The Cemetery was used by Field Ambulances at Zelobes from November 1914, to October 1915; and after the Armistice isolated graves (mainly of December 1914, from Givenchy), were concentrated into it.

There are now over 100, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly a quarter are unidentified.

The cemetery covers an area of 611 square metres and is enclosed by a rubble wall.

Zelobes Indian Cemetery

 


A Hindu Soldier

A Hindu Soldier
1st Bn King George’s Own
Gurkha Rifles
The Malaun Regiment

It is not very clear if all of these soldiers are buried here. Hindus and Sikhs would normally have been cremated and the headstone would state that the soldier was honoured here.


Havildar Maite Gurung

Havildar Maite Gurung 1536
2nd King Edward’s Own
Gurkha Rfles
The Sirmoor Rifles
Died on 9th May 1915
Father of Jit Bahadur Gurung,
of Makhanpar, Kaski, Nepal

Grave: I C 13


Rifleman Lachmann Ale

Rifleman Lachmann Ale 806
Toungoo Battalion
Burma Military Police
3rd Queen Alexandra’s Own Gurkha Rifles
Died on 6th July 1915
Son of Kishina Ale,
of Daurajerung, Thana Okhaldhunga, Chisamkhu

Grave: I G 5

 

There are numerous interesting memorials within the immediate area including the stunning Portuguese monument in the neighbouring village of La Couture.

The Le Touret and Neuve Chapelle Memorials are also within a short drive.


Recent Additions

Canadian Cemetery No.2

Givenchy Road Canadian Cemetery

Petit Vimy British Cemetery

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