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Aire Communal Cemetery


Aire is a town about 14 km south-south-east of St. Omer. The Communal Cemetery is 750 metres north of the town, on the road to St. Omer and the four Commonwealth plots are on the east side.

A short distance further out the road at Blaringhem is the Brasserie du Pays Flamand which brews the Bracine and Anosteké range of beers.

Aire sur la Lys Communal Cemetery


Historical Information

From March 1915 to February 1918, Aire was a busy but peaceful centre used by Commonwealth forces as corps headquarters.

Aire sur la Lys Communal Cemetery

There are numerous French Military burials within the cemetery

The Highland Casualty Clearing Station was based there as was the 39th Stationary Hospital (from May 1917) and other medical units. Plot I contains burials from this period.

The burials in plots II, III and IV (rows A to F) relate to the fighting of 1918, when the 54th Casualty Clearing Station came to Aire and the town was, for a while, within 13 kilometres of the German lines.

Aire sur la Lys Communal Cemetery

The cemetery now contains 894 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and a few French and German war graves. There are also 21 Second War burials, mostly dating from the withdrawal to Dunkirk in May 1940.

Aire sur la Lys Communal Cemetery

The Commonwealth plots were designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

Two soldiers separated by almost the entire Kingdom, died within a day of each other, and the families chose almost exactly the same wording.

Allan and Scott

Bombardier R Allan 650930
331st Brigade Royal Field Artillery
Died on 11th July 1918 aged 28
Son of Mr and Mrs Wm Allan
of 58, Strathclyde Street, Glasgow
Husband of Annie Allan
of 374, Caledonia Rd., Glasgow
Private W Scott 39806
1st Bn Bedfordshire Regiment
Died on 12th July 1918 aged 20
Son of Burton William Scott, of Norwich
Thy purpose Lord
We cannot see,
But all is well
That’s done by thee
We cannot Lord
Thy purpose see
But all is well
That’s done by thee
Grave: III H 28 Grave: III H 29


Soldat Louis Vaslo

Soldat Louis Vaslo
77e R√©giment d’Infanterie Territoriale
Born on 27th July 1876
Died on 6th May 1915 aged 38

Grave: I B 11

Private George Bellamy

Private George Bellamy 77965
15th Bn Canadian Infantry
(48th Highlanders of Canada)
Died on 21st May 1915 aged 29
Son of Alice and the late Daniel Bellamy
of London, England

He helped and died
And his death was worthy
Of this man

Grave: I B 7

Private William Currie

Private William Currie 11781
1st Bn King’s Own Scottish Borderers
Died on 15th April 1918 aged 24
Son of John and Henrietta Currie
of Muncraig Borgue, Kirkcudbright

My grass is green
My grave you see
Prepare in time
To follow me

Grave: II B 27

Captain Rev Thomas Baines

Captain Rev Thomas Baines
Chaplain to the Forces
Attached 152nd Brigade RFA
Died on 31st May 1918 aged 31
Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Baines,
of Preston, Lancs

Educated at
Ushaw, Durham, England
Ordained English Martyrs
Preston, Lancs

Grave: III B 29

Lieutenant Francis Plowden

Lieutenant Francis Plowden
Shropshire Yeomanry
Attached 10th Bn King’s Shropshire Light Infantry
Died on 22nd August 1918 aged 40
Son of the late William and Lady Mary Plowden
of Plowden Hall, Salop

Grave: IV C 1

2nd Lieutenant David Bawle

2nd Lieutenant David Bawle
203rd Sqn Royal Air Force
Died on 21st April 1918
Brother of L Bawle
of 571, Grain Exchange, Winnipeg

His life for his friends
Winnipeg. Canada

Grave: II F 1

Lance Corporal Victor Bines

Lance Corporal Victor Bines 5770486
2nd Bn Royal Norfolk Regiment
Died on 23rd May 1940 aged 28
Husband of Ethel Bines
of Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

Grave: IV G 3

Private Henry Rennie

Private Henry Rennie 3051057
1st Bn Royal Scots
Died on 16-26th May 1940 aged 31
Son of James and Peterina Rennie
Husband of Agnes Rennie

Grave: IV G 2


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