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 Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, Souchez, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France


Latitude: 50.38565737926819, Longitude: 2.745104134082794

On 26 September 1915, Souchez was taken from the Germans by French troops, who handed the sector over to Commonwealth forces the following March. The village was completely destroyed. The "Cabaret Rouge" was a house on the main road about 1 kilometre south of the village, at a place called Le Corroy, near the cemetery. On the east side, opposite the cemetery, were dugouts used as battalion headquarters in 1916. The communication trenches ended here, including a very long one named from the Cabaret.

The cemetery was begun by Commonwealth troops in March 1916, used until August 1917 (largely by the 47th (London) Division and the Canadian Corps) and - at intervals - until September 1918; these original burials are in Plots I to V inclusive. It was greatly enlarged after the Armistice when more than 7,000 graves were brought in from the battlefields of Arras and from 103 other burial grounds in the Nord and the Pas-de-Calais.

The cemetery now contains 7,655 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, more than half of them unidentified.

Cemetery Photos

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CWGC Commemoration: BRICKNELL, Albert Edward (1918)
CWGC Commemoration: BRICKNELL, Albert Edward (1918)
Albert was serving in the 1st/5th Battalion, Royal Devonshire Regiment when he was Killed in Action.