Departement du Nord
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The village of Houplines is 2 kilometres east of the centre of Armentieres on the D945. The Communal Cemetery Extension is located on this road to the north-west side of the Communal Cemetery.
Houplines was in Allied hands (but near the front line) from 17 October 1914, when it was taken by the 4th Division. It fell into German hands in April 1918 during their great advance, but was recovered in September. The village contained four Commonwealth cemeteries in addition to plots in the communal cemetery, but the graves were regrouped after the war and only two cemeteries remain. Houplines Communal Cemetery Extension was begun, as "Houplines New Military Cemetery" in October 1914 and used until January, 1916, mainly by the 4th and 6th Divisions. The 2nd Seaforths captured the farm in October, 1914. Another special memorial records the name of a soldier buried in Houplines Old Military Cemetery whose grave was destroyed by shell fire. The cemetery also contains one Second World War burial.