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Porte de Paris Cemetery

Location

Cambrai is a town about 32 kilometres south-east of Arras on the main straight road to Le Cateau (The D 939). The Cemetery stands in the south-west outskirts of the town near the old gate on the road to Paris, the D 644 (formerly N 44).

On entering Cambrai turn at the Match Supermarket following the signs for St Quentin. Then take the second right at the lights for the Cimetière Saint Sépulcre within a hundred metres. The main gate is to your right and there are parking spaces in the square.

Porte de Paris Cemetery

Plot Two

 

Historical Information

Cambrai was occupied by the Germans on the 26th August 1914 and in spite of the early British successes in the Battle of Cambrai 1917, it was not captured until the 8th October 1918.

It was heavily mined before its evacuation by the Germans, and left in a largely ruined condition after the War. Porte-de-Paris Cemetery is the more modern of the two town cemeteries.

A great part of it was used by the enemy for the burial of German and Allied dead during the War, and a large German obelisk was erected. It contained at one time German burials, French, Russian, Rumanian and Belgian.

Porte de Paris Cemetery

Part of the French Military Plot

The German graves, however, were removed after the Armistice, and the British graves were regrouped in two Plots on either side of the local War Memorial, near the middle of the cemetery.

The body of a New Zealand officer, originally buried at St. Olle, was reburied in a grave by itself on the North side of the cemetery.

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

Porte de Paris Cemetery

Plot One

 


Private J Cleary

Private J Cleary 11607
2nd Bn Royal Dublin Fusiliers
Died on 6th September 1914 aged 19
Son of James and Fanny Cleary
of 26, Bay View Avenue, North Strand, Dublin

Grave: II A 30

The charmed circle broken
A dear face missed
Day by day


2nd Lieutenant Lionel Morris

2nd Lieutenant Lionel Morris
11th Squadron RFC
Died on 17th September 1916 aged 19
Son of Albert and Lily Morris
of 46, George St., Richmond, Surrey.

Grave: I A 16

Pilot of the first Royal Flying Corps aircraft to be shot down by the Red Baron – Baron Manfred von Richthofen.

His observer, Captain Tom Rees, is buried at Villers Plouich Communal Cemetery.

A full account of the incident can be found on that page


Lance Corporal J Whiddett

Lance Corporal J Whiddett 11160
4th Bn Middlesex Regiment
Died on 10th November 1914 aged 24
Son of Ethel Whiddett
Husband of Mable Whiddett
19, Bishops Place, West Hoe, Plymouth

Grave: I B 10


Charles Bintein

Charles Bintein
Belgian Civil Prisoner
Died on 2nd February 1917

Grave: II A 21

 


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