Departement du Nord
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Lille is the main city of the Nord-Pas de Calais region, the ceneter of the fourth largest metropolitan area in France. The Southern Cemetery (Cimetière du Sud) is located in the southwestern section of the city; the main entrance is located on the Rue du Faubourg des Postes (D147) just north of the intersection with the Rue de l'Arbrisseau.
During World War I Lille was occupied by the Germans from 27 August to 5 September 1914 and again on the 12th October; and it remained in their hands, undamaged by Allied artillery, until 17 October 1918. The Southern Cemetery was used by the Germans during the greater part of the War, and after the Armistice by the 39th Stationary Hospital and the 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station. During World War II, at the end of March 1940 the 50th Division was near Lille; while in May the same year No. 10 Casualty Clearing Station used the Cemetery from the 16th to the 25th of the month.
There are now over 600 WWI and nearly 300 WWII casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, a small number from WWI are unidentified and a special memorial is erected to one soldier from the United Kingdom known to be buried among them. From WWII nearly 40 are unidentified. The WWI interments are in the northern section of the cemetery: the the British plot labeled Plot I is V.2 on the map; British Plot II is French V.4; and British Plot III (where British Prisoners of War are buried) is French J.1. The WWII CWGC plot is adjacent to the French War Cemetery further down the Rue de l'Arbrisseau, opposite the intersection with the Rue Jules Breton.