DescriptionThe cemetery lies on a piece of ground lower than the road from Arras to Cambrai, on the south side, and is sur- rounded by an open landscape. Due to the low situation, and the slightly ascending ground, there is a good view from the entrance out across this cemetery. Four large lime trees form the backdrop to the Cross of Sacrifice, and close off the cemetery spatially. The irregular positions of the graves in the front part of the cemetery are clearly evident. These were laid out during the war. The cemetery lies seven steps lower than the road. The steps have been inserted between the two plant beds with buxus. The cemetery is surrounded by a wall of cemented brown-grey rubble with a white coping band. A holly hedge runs along the front.
The cemetery consists of two parts. In the front part, there are the graves of the original cemetery and these are oriented toward the north side of the road. The second part has a symmetrical layout around a central path that leads to the Cross of Sacrifice, with the graves facing the same direction as in the front part. The cemetery becomes narrower around the Cross of Sacrifice, forming a rectangular apse. The War Stone stands in the area between these two sections, on the east side, as the culmination of a lateral axis that is not further elaborated. Two groups of three whitebeams have been planted on the long sides. (Geurst, 2010, p.296)
BibliographyGeurst, J. (2010) Cemeteries of the Great War by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Rotterdam: 010 Publishers.
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ClientImperial War Graves Commission