Departement du Pas-de-Calais
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Tranchée de Mecknes Cemetery is located in the commune of Aix-Noulette, 16 kilometres north of Arras, about 2 kilometres south-west of Bully-les-Mines on the road from Arras to Bethune. Tranchée de Mecknes Cemetery is about 2 kilometres east of the village.
The cemetery was begun by French troops in May, 1915, and the trench, and consequently the cemetery, were named from the Arab version of the town of Mequinez in Morocco, from which these troops had come. The cemetery was taken over by British units in February, 1916, and besides its present name it was called at times Pioneer Point, Mechanics Trench and Corons d'Aix.
There are now nearly 200 Commonwealth World War I casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, a small number are unidentified and a special memorial is erected to one soldier from the United Kingdom whose grave cannot now be found. There are 171 French and 2 German burials here. The British part of the cemetery covers an area of 1,129 square metres.