Departement du Nord
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Fontaine-au-Bois is a village some 8 kilometres north-east of Le Cateau, or 4 kilometres north-west of Landrecies. Cross Roads Cemetery is west of the village beyond the hamlet of Rue du Pont, at the crossroads with the road to Bousies.
Cross Roads Cemetery was begun in the first week of November, 1918, by the 1/1st Northumbrian Field Ambulance; and at the Armistice it contained the graves of 61 soldiers from the United Kingdom (now Row A and part of Row B, Plot I). It was then enlarged by the concentration of graves from the battlefields between the Escaut and the Sambre, and from certain other cemeteries; with four exceptions, every man buried in it fell between the 1st October, 1918 and the Armistice. There are now nearly 750, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 100 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to one soldier from the United Kingdom and one from New Zealand, believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials record the names of nineteen soldiers from the United Kingdom, one from New Zealand and one from South Africa, buried in Bavay German Cemetery and Landrecies Communal Cemetery, whose graves could not be found. The cemetery covers an area of 2,512 square metres and is enclosed by a red brick wall on three sides.