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Forgotten Front Remembrance Trail

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  • For one of the great untold stories

    of the First World War, follow the

    Forgotten Front Remembrance Trail

    in Pas de Calais. This often

    overlooked sector of the former

    Western Front lies north of the

    Somme Battlefields and south of the

    Ypres Salient and was the scene of

    some of the heaviest fighting of the

    early years of the War.

    The trail tells the stories of men like

    Albert Whippy, one of eight children

    born to Arthur and Alice Whippy in

    the East End of London.

    The Commonwealth War Graves Commission isresponsible for the commemoration of almost1,700,000 members of the Commonwealth forceswho gave their lives in the two world wars. Thegraves and memorials of these men and women,who came from all parts of the Commonwealthand who were of many faiths and of none, arefound around the globe in 153 countries.

    Enquiries on location of individual burials orcommemorations may be directed to the officesbelow or to the Commissions web site atwww.cwgc.org

    CWGC France AreaTel: +33 (0) 3 21 21 77 00Email: faoffice@cwgc.org

    CWGC Head OfficeTel: +44 (0) 1628 507200 Email: enquiries@cwgc.org

    The Forgotten Front R

    emembrance Trail, Pas de C

    alais

    www.cwgc.org

    In January 1915 Albert

    joined a draft of

    reinforcements to the

    Northamptonshire

    Regiment who were

    holding the line near

    Neuve Chapelle. On

    9 May, his battalion

    attacked just south of

    Rue du Bois and was

    cut to pieces by enemy

    fire. Over 540 officers

    and men were killed,

    wounded or taken prisoner. Albert s body was

    never found and he is now commemorated on

    the Le Touret Memorial.

    Private Whippyis just one of manythousands

    of Commonwealth servicemen buried or

    commemorated in this region in some of the

    most striking cemeteries and memorials

    maintained by the Commonwealth War

    Graves Commission.

    Along the trail, personal stories of some of the

    men who fought and died here can be accessed

    using your mobile phone to create a moving

    picture of life and death on the Western Front.

    The trail is yours to explore as youchoose, but we recommend starting atGorre British and Indian Cemetery andfinishing at Fromelles (Pheasant Wood)Military Cemetery. Take a look at themap inside for the clearest route.

    Total distance: Approximately 30kilometres.

    Estimated completion time: 4 hours.

    Discover more: Why not download afree QR code reader to your phonebefore tackling the trail? This will allowyou to scan the QR code on theinformation panel in each cemetery giving you access to further informationabout the cemetery and thosecommemorated there.

    *Please be aware that although scanning theQR code costs nothing, you may incur dataroaming charges from your mobile phoneoperator, depending on your contract.

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    Front Cover: Officers of the 1/5th King's LiverpoolRegiment in the line at Givenchy, March 1918

    Battl e of Estai res 1918: A party of the 55th Di vi si on goi ng i nto acti on near Bthune

    How to use the trail

    The Forgotten Front

    Remembrance Trai l , Pas de Cal ai s

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    o f t h e F i r s t W o r l d W a r , f o l l o w t h e

    F o r g o t t e n F r o n t R e m e m b r a n c e T r a i l

    i n P a s d e C a l a i s . T h i s o f t e n

    o v e r l o o k e d s e c t o r o f t h e f o r m e r

    W e s t e r n F r o n t l i e s n o r t h o f t h e

    S o m m e B a t t l e f i e l d s a n d s o u t h o f t h e

    Y p r e s S a l i e n t a n d w a s t h e s c e n e o f

    s o m e o f t h e h e a v i e s t f i g h t i n g o f t h e

    e a r l y y e a r s o f t h e W a r .

    T h e t r a i l t e l l s t h e s t o r i e s o f m e n l i k e

    A l b e r t W h i p p y , o n e o f e i g h t c h i l d r e n

    b o r n t o A r t h u r a n d A l i c e W h i p p y i n

    t h e E a s t E n d o f L o n d o n .

    The Commonwealth War Graves Commission isresponsible for the commemoration of almost1,700,000 members of the Commonwealth forceswho gave their lives in the two world wars. Thegraves and memorials of these men and women,who came from all parts of the Commonwealthand who were of many faiths and of none, arefound around the globe in 153 countries.

    Enquiries on location of individual burials orcommemorations may be directed to the officesbelow or to the Commissions web site atwww.cwgc.org

    CWGC France AreaTel: +33 (0) 3 21 21 77 00Email: faoffice@cwgc.org

    CWGC Head OfficeTel: +44 (0) 1628 507200Email: casualty.enq@cwgc.org

    The Forgotten Front Remembrance Trail, Pas de Calais

    www.cwgc.org

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    j o i n e d a d r a f t o f

    r e i n f o r c e m e n t s t o t h e

    N o r t h a m p t o n s h i r e

    R e g i m e n t w h o w e r e

    h o l d i n g t h e l i n e n e a r

    N e u v e C h a p e l l e . O n

    9 M a y , h i s b a t t a l i o n

    a t t a c k e d j u s t s o u t h o f

    R u e d u B o i s a n d w a s

    c u t t o p i e c e s b y e n e m y

    f i r e . O v e r 5 4 0 o f f i c e r s

    a n d m e n w e r e k i l l e d ,

    w o u n d e d o r t a k e n p r i s o n e r . A l b e r t s b o d y w a s

    n e v e r f o u n d a n d h e i s n o w c o m m e m o r a t e d o n

    t h e L e T o u r e t M e m o r i a l .

    P r i v a t e W h i p p y i s j u s t o n e o f m a n y t h o u s a n d s

    o f C o m m o n w e a l t h s e r v i c e m e n b u r i e d o r

    c o m m e m o r a t e d i n t h i s r e g i o n i n s o m e o f t h e

    m o s t s t r i k i n g c e m e t e r i e s a n d m e m o r i a l s

    m a i n t a i n e d b y t h e C o m m o n w e a l t h W a r

    G r a v e s C o m m i s s i o n .

    A l o n g t h e t r a i l , p e r s o n a l s t o r i e s o f s o m e o f t h e

    m e n w h o f o u g h t a n d d i e d h e r e c a n b e a c c e s s e d

    u s i n g y o u r m o b i l e p h o n e t o c r e a t e a m o v i n g

    p i c t u r e o f l i f e a n d d e a t h o n t h e W e s t e r n F r o n t .

    The trail is yours to explore as youchoose, but we recommend starting atGorre British and Indian Cemetery andfinishing at Fromelles (Pheasant Wood)Military Cemetery. Take a look at themap inside for the clearest route.

    Total distance: Approximately 30kilometres.

    Estimated completion time: 4 hours.

    Discover more: Why not download afree QR code reader to your phonebefore tackling the trail? This will allowyou to scan the QR code on theinformation panel in each cemetery giving you access to further informationabout the cemetery and thosecommemorated there.

    *Please be aware that although scanning theQR code costs nothing, you may incur dataroaming charges from your mobile phoneoperator, depending on your contract.

    T H E I R N A M E L I V E T H F O R E V E R M O R E

    Front Cover: Officers of the 1/5th King's LiverpoolRegiment in the line at Givenchy, March 1918

    B a t t l e o f E s t a i r e s 1 9 1 8 : A p a r t y o f t h e 5 5 t h D i v i s i o n g o i n g i n t o a c t i o n n e a r B t h u n e

    How to use the trail

    T h e F o r g o t t e n F r o n t

    R e m e m b r a n c e T r a i l , P a s d e C a l a i s

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  • Gorre British and Indian CemeteryIn the Spring of 1918 the men of the WestLancashire Division held the line here during thelast major German offensive of the war.

    Post Office Rifles Cemetery, FestubertNamed after a volunteer unit largely composed ofPost Office employees. In two weeks of fighting in1915, this close-knit unit suffered some 600casualties out of an original strength of 900.

    Le Touret Memorial and Military CemeteryMore than 14,000 men are buried orcommemorated here most of whom died duringthe first 12 months of the war.

    St. Vaast Post Military Cemetery, Richebourg-L'avoueClose to this cemetery, in June of 1916, men ofthe South Downs Pals attacked the Boars HeadSalient and in just over five hours of fighting,suffered 1,000 casualties.

    Neuve-Chapelle MemorialCommemorating almost 5,000 Indian soldiers wholost their lives on the Western Front during theFirst World War this memorial marks the vitalcontribution and sacrifice of Indian servicemen.

    Laventie Military Cemetery, La GorgueThe men of the 61st (2nd South Midland) Divisionbegan burying their fallen comrades here at theend of June 1916.

    Rue-Petillon Military Cemetery, FleurbaixOriginally the site of 12 Battalion burialgrounds this large cemetery contains thegraves of men from almost every nationthat served with the Commonwealthforces during the First World War, manyof whom died of wounds in a nearbydressing station.

    Le Trou Aid Post Cemetery, FleurbaixOne of the most aesthetically strikingcemeteries on the Western Front, Le Troucontains more than 350 burials of menkilled in fighting from 1914 to 1916.

    V.C. Corner Australian Cemetery andMemorial, FromellesThe only uniquely Australian cemetery onthe Western Front. It contains the gravesof 410 Australian soldiers who werekilled during the Battle of Fromelles and amemorial to a further 1,200 whosegraves are not known.

    Fromelles (Pheasant Wood) MilitaryCemeteryThe first CWGC cemetery to be built inmore than 50 years, it is the final restingplace of 250 soldiers whose remains