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Vieille-Chapelle Communal Cemetery

Location

Vieille-Chapelle is a small village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 10 kilometres north east of B├ęthune. The Communal Cemetery is to the north of the church. Leaving the village on Rue Marsy, the cemetery is 100 metres from the church on the right hand side. The Commonwealth burials are to the right of the entrance.

Vieille-Chapelle Communal Cemetery

 

Historical Information

The Old Military Cemetery (now removed) was closed in November 1915, as being too near the school; and the New Military Cemetery was begun in that month and used by fighting units and Field Ambulances until March 1918.

The village and the cemetery fell into German hands in the following month, in the Battles of the Lys.

Vieille Chapelle War Memorial

There are just two burials within the Communal Cemetery.

The village was later adopted by the Metropolitan Borough of Paddington.

 

The Communal Cemetery contains a memorial to the 1st King Edward’s Horse, who defended the village in April 1918.

Memorial to the 1st King Edward's Horse

 


Pte Keitch and Sjt Fox

Private Albert Leitch 3052174
1st Bn Royal Scots
Died on 23rd May 1940 aged 31
Son of William and Agnes Leitch,
of Edinburgh
Husband of Maud Leitch, of Edinburgh

Serjeant John Fox 845171
82nd Battery Anti-Tank Regiment
Royal Artillery
Died on 27 May 1940 aged 24
Son of John and Mary Ann Fox

 

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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