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Blaringhem Churchyard

Location

Blaringhem is a small village situated approximately 8km to the north of Aire sur la Lys. From Aire take the D 943 road towards St Omer. One kilometre after the village of Wittes turn right onto the D 106 in the direction of Blaringhem. The canal crossing is controlled by traffic lights. Follow the road around to the right and you will see the church on your right. Parking is available.

There are four burials, one of whom is unidentified.

Blaringhem Churchyard

On the town side of the canal bridge is the Brasserie du Pays Flamand which brews the excellent Bracine range of beers. Its boutique is open to the public on Friday afternoons.

The Brasserie de Pays Flamand

 

Trooper John Robb

Trooper John Robb L/4173
12th (Prince of Wales’s Royal) Lancers
Died on 15th September 1915 aged 22
Son of Francis and Mary Robb
of 69, St. Paul St., Hull

Grave: South Side

His original headstone states that he was drowned on active duty.


Corporal William Wookey

Corporal William Wookey 125004
5th Bn Machine Gun Corps
Died on 10th August 1918

Grave: South Side

 

Shot at Dawn


Private Ernest Mackness

Private Ernest Mackness 11225
1st Bn Cameronians
Scottish Rifles
Died on 1st October 1917 aged 25
Son of Arthur and Louisa Mackness
of 3, Dundonald Rd., Leicester

Grave: North Side

Executed for Desertion

Mackness was already under a suspended death sentence when he deserted for a second time during a period of intense fighting for his battalion at Nieuport (Now Nieuwpoort) on the Belgian coast.

 

Other cemeteries in the area


Recent Additions

Canadian Cemetery No.2

Givenchy Road Canadian Cemetery

Petit Vimy British Cemetery

CWGC Poppy Button