Departement du Pas-de-Calais
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The village of Loos-en-Gohelle is just north of Lens on the N43, Lens to Bethune road. Turn right off the N43 onto the D165, signposted for Wingles and La Bassee, and continue along this road for 0.5 kilometres. Turn left at the village square and left again. Continue along this road and the cemetery is on the right after approximately 200 metres.
St. Patrick's Cemetery was begun during the battle by French and British troops, and used in 1916 very largely by the units of the 16th (Irish) Division. It was closed in June, 1918, but a small number of graves were brought into it after the Armistice from the battlefields between Loos and Hulluch. The irregular arrangement of the rows is due to the conditions under which the burials were carried out. There are now nearly 600, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this cemetery. Of these, over 40 are unidentified and the graves of 23, destroyed by shell fire, are now represented by special memorials. The cemetery covers an area of 3,001 square metres and is enclosed by a brick wall.
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