Masnieres British Cemetery, Marcoing (Cambrai)

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Masnieres British Cemetery, Marcoing/Cambrai

Masnieres was captured by the 29th Division on the 20th November 1917, the first day of the Battle of Cambrai. On the 30th November and the 1st December, Masnieres was held by the same Division against repeated counter-attacks, but it was evacuated, under orders, on the night of the 1st-2nd, due to shelling and weather. It was retaken on the 29th September 1918, by the 62nd (West Riding) Division. Masnieres British Cemetery was made by the 3rd Division Burial Officer in October 1918.

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Cross of Sacrifice, Masnieres British Cemetery

There are now 167, Great War casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, 17 are unidentified. All fell in September-October, 1918. There are also 59 German burials here, 40 of which are unidentified.

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Unbekannter – Unknown German Soldiers. No victors, only victims

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Unknown soldiers at Masnieres British Cemetery

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Also worth a visit (but I was not able to stop to take a photo) on the main road, East of Masnieres, is the Newfoundland Memorial, (then part of the 29th Division) at the Battle of Cambrai 1917.

 

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