Etaples Military Cemetery

Etaples is a town about 27 kilometres south of Boulogne. Etaples Military Cemetery is to the north of the town, on the west side of the road to Boulogne.

During the First World War, the area around Etaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields. In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. In September 1919, ten months after the Armistice, three hospitals and the Q.M.A.A.C. convalescent depot remained.

The cemetery contains 10,769 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, the earliest dating from May 1915. Hospitals were again stationed at Etaples during the Second World War and the cemetery was used for burials from January 1940 until the evacuation at the end of May 1940. After the war, a number of graves were brought into the cemetery from other French burial grounds. Of the 119 Second World War burials, 38 are unidentified. Etaples Military Cemetery also contains 658 German burials and a few war graves of other nationalities. The cemetery, the largest Commission cemetery in France, was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Etaples Military Cemetery in the snow 1919

 

 Royal Field Artillery
584
  Royal Engineers
302
Royal Garrison Artillery
271
   Northumberland Fusiliers
258
Machine Gun Corps
244
  Royal Fusiliers (City Of London Regt)
243
Kings Liverpool Regt
203
  Gordon Highlanders
199
West Yorkshire Regt
188
  Royal Scots (Lothian Regt)
178
Seaforth Highlanders
163
  Middlesex Regt
156
Durham Light Inf
153
  Royal Army Medical Corps
142
 Kings Royal Rifle Corps
135
  Manchester Regt
135
Rifle Brigade
128
  Duke of Wellingtons (West Riding Regt)
127
South Staffordshire Regt
125
  Lincolnshire Regt
125
Army Service Corps
124
  Lancashire Fusiliers
117
Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
116
  Sherwood Foresters (Notts & Derbys Regt)
112
York and Lancaster Regt
107
  Royal Welsh Fusiliers
103
Highland Light Infantry
101
  Queens (Royal West Surrey Regt)
97
Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders
96
  Black Watch (Royal Highlanders)
94
Border Regt
93
  East Yorkshire Regt
92
Yorkshire Regt (Green Howards)
91
  Essex Regt
90
Royal Warwickshire Regt
87
  Worcestershire Regt
85
Hampshire Regt
83
  Cheshire Regt
81
Suffolk Regt
81
  Loyal North Lancashire Regt
79
Royal Lancaster Regt
78
  Royal Berkshire Regt
71
Kings Shropshire Light Inf
71
  Grenadier Guards
70
Ox and Bucks Light Infantry
69
  Cameronians (Scottish Rifles)
68
South Lancashire Regt
66
  Bedfordshire Regt
64
Gloucestershire Regt
62
  Royal Sussex Regt
62
Cameron Highlanders
61
  Royal Army Service Corps
61
Kings Own Scottish Borderers
60
  Royal West Kent Regt (Queens Own)
60
Devonshire Regt
59
  East Lancashire Regt
59
Leicestershire Regt
55
  Somerset Light Infantry
53
Royal Scots Fusiliers
52
  19th Bn London Regt (St. Pancras)
51
1st Life Guards
51
  East Surrey Regt
49
Buffs (East Kent Regt)
48
  South Wales Borderers
48
Norfolk Regt
48
  North Staffordshire Regt
46
Welsh Regiment
41
  Royal Dublin Fusiliers
39
Duke of Cornwall’s Light Inf
38
  Coldstream Guards
38
Irish Guards
36
  Royal Naval Division, Royal Marines Light Inf
36
Honourable Artillery Coy
35
  Wiltshire Regt
35
Royal Air Force
34
  Dorsetshire Regt
33
Scots Guards
33
  Northamptonshire Regt
33
Royal Irish Rifles
30
  14th Bn London Regt (London Scottish)
27
Tank Corps
27
  9th Bn London Regt (Queen Victorias Rifles)
23
Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
21
  1st Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers)
20
Royal Flying Corps
19
  12th Bn London Regt (The Rangers)
17
Leinster Regt
17
  Royal Irish Fusiliers
17
5th Bn London Regt (London Rifle Brigade)
16
  22nd Bn London Regt (The Queens)
16
Royal Horse Artillery
16
  Welsh Guards
15
Monmouthshire Regt
15
  Royal Irish Regt
15
16th Bn London Regt (Queens Westminster Rifles)
14
  8th Bn London Regt (Post Office Rifles)
14
Royal Naval Division, Anson Bn
14
  Royal Naval Division, Hood Bn
13
Army Veterinary Corps
13
  Labour Corps
13
21st Bn London Regt (1st Surrey Rifles)
13
  4th Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers)
12
15th Bn London Regt (PWO, Civil Service Rifles )
12
  18th Bn London Regt (London Irish Rifles)
12
Royal Munster Fusilier
12
  17th Bn London Regt (Poplar & Stepney Rifles)
11
Royal Naval Division, Howe
11
  1st Household Bn
11
Royal Guernsey Light Infantry
10
  28th Bn London Regt (Artists Rifles)
10
3rd Dragoon Guards (Prince of Wales’s)
10
  20th Bn London Regt (Blackheath & Woolwich)
10
 13th Bn London Regt (Kensington)
9
  Army Cyclist Corps
9
Royal Naval Division, Drake Bn
9
  Royal Army Ordanance Corps
8
3rd Bn London Regt ( Royal Fusiliers)
7
  23rd Bn London Reg
7
Royal Naval Division, Hawke Bn
7
  24th Bn London Regt (The Queens)
7
Cambridgeshire Regt
7
  Royal Naval Division, Nelson Bn
7
2nd Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers)
6
  Military Police Corps
6
 6th Bn London Regt (London Rifles)
5
  Hertfordshire Regt
5
11th Hussars (Prince Alberts Own)
5
  QMAAC
5
2nd Dragoon (Royal Scots Greys)
5
  7th Bn London Regt
4
5th Dragoon Guards (Princess Charlotte of Wales’s)
4
  9th Lancers (Queens Royal)
4
1st Dragoons (Royal)
4
  10th Hussars (Prince of Wales Own Royal)
4
Royal Army Veterinary Corps
4
  Guards Machine Gun Regt
4
Mercantile Marine, SS “Huntsmore”
4
  6th Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers)
3
Royal Horse Guards
3
  YMCA
3
 3rd Hussars (Kings Own)
3
  4th Hussars (Queens Own)
3
2/3rd Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers)
3
  2nd Dragoon Guards (Queens Bays)
3
2/2nd Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers)
3
  Queens A Imperial Military Nursing Service
3
Civilian
3
  Non Combattants Corps
3
Royal Naval Division, Medical Unit
3
  Connaught Rangers
3
12th Lancers (Prince of Wales’s Royal )
3
  2/5th Bn London Regt (London Rifle Brigade)
2
10th Bn London Regt (Hackney)
2
  Royal Naval Division, Machine Gun Coy
2
Royal Naval Division, Royal Marine Artillery
2
  2/7th Bn London Regt
2
2/12th Bn London Regt (The Rangers)
2
  Northamptonshire Yeomanry
2
2/4th Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers)
2
  20th Hussars
2
19th Hussars (Queen Alexandra’s Own Royal )
2
  2/6th Bn London Regt (London Rifles)
2
Voluntary Aid Detachments
2
  Queens Own Oxfordshire Hussars
2
6th Dragoons (Inniskilling)
2
  2nd Life Guards
2
14th Hussars (Kings)
1
Royal Navy HMS Victory
1
Lincolnshire Yeomanry
1
  Royal Navy HMS President VI
1
1st Dragoon Guards (Kings Royal)
1
  18th Hussars (Queen Mary’s Own)
1
Royal Navy HMS Eden
1
  17th Lancers (Duke of Cambridge’s Own)
1
7th Hussars (Queens Own)
1
  Lena Ashwell Concert Party
1
City of London Yeomanry (Rough Riders)
1
  Chinese Labour Corps
1
North Somerset Yeomanry
1
  Army Pay Corps
1
13th Hussars `
1
  Royal Hussars (Gloucestershire)
1
Warwickshire Yeomanry
1
  Royal Naval Division, Divisional Train
1
11th Bn London Regt (Finsbury Rifles)
1
  1/1st Staffordshire Yeomanry
1
Belgian Motorcyclist
1
  North Irish Horse
1
1/1st Huntingdonshire Cyclist Bn
1
  2nd Household Bn
1
Special List
1
  30th Bn London Regt
1
King Edwards Horse
1
  29th Bn London Regt
1
34th Bn London Regt
1
  Scottish Churches
1
23rd Lancers
1
  Infantry Base Depot
1
Leicestershire Yeomanry
1
  Chaplain to the Forces
1
1st King Edwards Horse
1
  1/1st East Riding Yeomanry
1
2/14th Bn London Regt (London Scottish)
1
  4th Dragoon Guards (Royal Irish)
1
General List
1
  St John’s Ambulance Brigade
1
5th Lancers (Royal Irish)
1
  2/2nd Lovat Scouts
1
Territorial Nursing Service
1
  2/24th Bn London Regt (The Queens)
1
2/20th Bn London Regt (Blackheath & Woolwich)
1
  2/1st Sussex Yeomanry
1
2/1st Bn London Regt (Royal Fusiliers)
1
  3rd County of London (Sharpshooters)
1
Identified UK Burials
8752
   
 
Unidentified UK Burials
33 
   
 
Total UK Burials
8785 
   
 
Total Number of UK & Overseas Burials
10744

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