Departement du Pas-de-Calais
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Berles-au-Bois is a village about 15 kilometres south west of Arras and 3 kilometres south of the main road from Arras to Doullens (N25). The churchyard is situated between two farms. The extension stands in an old orchard at the back of the churchyard and access is through the main churchyard.
The village remained in British hands from the summer of 1915, when it was taken over from French troops, until the end of the War; but it suffered at time from severe shelling.
Berles-au-Bois Churchyard Extension was begun by French troops, whose graves are in the South corner. It was continued by the 46th North Midland and other Divisions from September 1915, until January 1917, when it was closed. There are now over 100 Commonwealth interments from World War I commemorated at this site. Of these, a small number are unidentified and one grave, destroyed by shell fire, is represented by a special memorial. Fourteen French graves and one German have been removed to other cemeteries. The British burials were in many instances made in groups by Brigades. The Extension covers an area of 1,066 square metres and is enclosed by brick walls.