|Rue-David Military Cemetery, Fleurbaix|
Departement du Pas-de-Calais
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
Fleurbaix is a village about 5 kilometres south-west of Armentières. Rue-David Military Cemetery lies to the south-east of the village. Leave Fleurbaix heading towards Armentières, 300 metres from the centre of Fleurbaix turn right towards Bois Grenier. After a further 1 kilometre turn right again, follow the road round a sharp left hand bend, and the Cemetery is approximately 500 metres further on.
"Rue-David" (or "Rue-des-Davids") is the local name of the road running between La Croix-Marechal and La Boutillerie. The cemetery was begun by the 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers in December 1914 and closed to Commonwealth burials in December 1917. At the Armistice it comprised Rows A to F and part of G of the present Plot I and contained 220 graves. The cemetery was greatly enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in mainly from the neighbourhood of Aubers and Fromelles, including those of many of the 1st Middlesex Regiment who died at the end of October 1914, and of the 5th Australian and 61st (South Midland) Divisions who died in July 1916.
There are now 898 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War in this cemetery. 429 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to four casualties known to be buried among them. Other special memorials commemorate 11 casualties buried in Abbey Wall Cemetery, La Boutillerie, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire, and six men of the Indian forces. The cemetery also contains ten German graves. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.
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