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Belle Vue British Cemetery


Briastre is a village 18 km east of Cambrai and 24 km south of Valenciennes. About 800 metres east of the village is Belle Vue Farm and the Cemetery is on the south-west side of it, on the Le Cateau to Solesmes road (D955).

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Belle Vue British Cemetery, Briastre


Historical Information

The village of Briastre was taken by the New Zealand and 37th Divisions on the night of 11th October 1918 and on the 20th, Belle Vue Farm was captured by the 5th East Lancs of the 42nd Division. The cemetery was begun by the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division on 23rd October, but used for a few days only.

In 1922 it was enlarged when 47 graves were brought in from Briastre Communal Cemetery Extension.

Belle Vue British Cemetery now contains 141 First World War burials, nine of which are unidentified.

The cemetery was designed by W H Cowlishaw.

Belle Vue British Cemetery, Briastre


Lance Corporal James Patching

Lance Corporal James Patching 38069
1st Bn Wellington Regiment
Died on 12th October 1918 aged 24
Son of James and Alice Patching
of Wellington, New Zealand

Grave: C 27

Private Ernest Griffiths

Private Ernest Griffiths 282385
1/7th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers
Died on 23rd October 1918 aged 20
Son of Evan and Annie Griffiths
Bute Cottage, Llanmaes, Llantwit-Major, Cardiff

Grave: D 8

Captain Lawrence Mitchell

Captain Lawrence Mitchell MC
D Battery, 123rd Brigade
Royal Field Artillery
Died on 22nd October 1918 aged 23
Son of George and Elizabeth Mitchell
of The Halt, Warblington, Havant, Hants

Grave: A 26

Suaviter in modo
Fortiter in re

Gentle in manner
resolute in execution
(Also the motto of Essendon Football Club)


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