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Tannay British Cemetery


The village of Thiennes is about 8 kilometres east of Aire-sur-la-Lys, which is a town found on the N43 between B├ęthune and St. Omer. Leave Thiennes on the D122, heading east towards Haverskerque. Cross over the canal and continue towards Tannay, which is a hamlet on this road. The Cemetery can be found on the right hand side of this road and access to the Cemetery is gained by passing along a 300 metre track in front of a farm house. The Cemetery is on the left immediately after the farm.

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Tannay British Cemetery


Historical Information

It was not until the German offensive of April 1918, by which Merville was overwhelmed and the German line brought past it along the Lys nearly as far as St. Venant, that Thiennes became a place of British burials.

On the 10th of that month the first death occurred in the 13th Field Ambulance (belonging to the 5th Division) during its service at Tannay, and thenceforward until the first week in August 5th Division units carried out almost all the burials in Tannay British Cemetery.

Tannay British Cemetery

Row D of Plot II contains only men of the 1st East Surreys who died in May; Rows D and E of Plot IV only men of the 2nd K.O.S.B. who died on the 28th (or in one case the 30th) June; and Row G of Plot IV only men of the 14th Royal Warwicks who died on the 8th July. In Rows C, D and E of Plot V the 61st (South Midland) Division made the majority of the graves, in the middle weeks of August.

Thiennes saw fierce fighting once again in 1940 when it was at the southern end of the area occupied by the British Expeditionary Force during the withdrawal to Dunkirk.

The cemetery now contains 363 First World War burials and 18 from the Second World War. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

Tannay British Cemetery


Trooper Stanley Slater

Trooper Stanley Slater 4971890
5th Royal Inniskilling
Dragoon Guards RAC
Died on 26th May 1940 aged 27
Son of George and Mary Slater
Husband of Kathleen Slater
of Poole, Dorsetshire.

Grave: V F 13

Private Clifford Burnes

Private Clifford Burnes 40202
1st Bn Cheshire Regiment
Died on 6th June 1918

Grave: IV B 3

Private George Irwin

Private George Irwin 33054
2nd Bn King’s Own Scottish Borderers
Died on 28th June 1918 aged 19
Son of John and Annie Irwin
of 2, Craigs Close, High St., Edinburgh

Grave: IV D 11

Private Arthur Cooper

Private Arthur Cooper 31338
1st Bn Devonshire Regiment
Died on 2nd June 1918 aged 21
Son of Samuel and Ann Cooper
of 4, Lawley St., Dudley, Worcestershire

Grave: III A 3

Oh how his thoughts
They must have flown
To his dear mother
And all at home

Gunner William Almond

Gunner William Almond 160854
113th Siege Battery
Royal Garrison Artillery
Died on 13th May 1918 aged 29
Son of John and Mary Almond
of Farnworth, near Bolton, Lancashire

Grave: II C 1

Your zeal
Your fine activities
Your knightly virtues


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