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Tranchee De Mecknes Cemetery

Location

Aix-Noulette is 16 kilometres north of Arras, about 2 kilometres south-west of Bully-les-Mines on the road from Arras to B├ęthune. Tranchee de Mecknes Cemetery is about 2 kilometres east of the village.

The cemetery is just off the main road between Souchez and Aix-Noulette. You cross a bridge over the A26 Autoroute and then turn left.

The cemetery is signposted but be warned it is down a farm track and a fair distance out into the fields. I have made the trip in the car in dry weather, but did start to wonder if I was wise. It was possible to turn around at the cemetery to get back out again.

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Tranchee De Mecknes Cemetery, Aix-Noulette

The cemetery with the two great Loos Crassiers in the background

 

Historical Information

The cemetery was begun by French troops in May 1915, and the trench, and consequently the cemetery, were named from the Arab version of the town of Mequinez in Morocco, from which these troops had come. The cemetery was taken over by British units in February 1916, and besides its present name it was called at times Pioneer Point, Mechanics Trench and Corons d’Aix.

There are now 199 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war commemorated in this site, 3 being unidentified and a special memorial is erected to one soldier from the United Kingdom whose grave cannot now be found. There are 171 French and 2 German burials here.

The British part of the cemetery covers an area of 1,129 square metres.

 


Private James E Lambert

Private James E Lambert 8379
2nd Bn Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Died on 6th March 1916 aged 21

Son of Annis Lambert
of Croughton, Brackley, Northants
and the late William James Lambert

Grave: A 4

 

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