|Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul|
Departement du Nord
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Outtersteene is a village about 5 kilometres south-west of Bailleul and about 8 kilometres from the Belgian border. It was captured by the BEF III Corps on 13 October 1914 but no Commonwealth burials were made there until the Third Battle of Ypres (Passchendaele) in August 1917, when the 1st, 2nd, and 53rd Australian Casualty Clearing Stations were established in Outtersteene, the first two of these remaining until March 1918. The hamlet was captured by the Germans on 12 April 1918 during their "Kaiserschlact" Offensive and was retaken, with the ridge beyond it, by the 9th, 29th and 31st Divisions on 18 and 19 August 1918, but the cemetery was not used again during hostilities. After the Armistice, however, graves were brought into the cemetery extension from the battlefields and certain small cemeteries in the areas surrounding Outtersteene. The extension was used again in 1940 for the burial of those killed in the fighting which covered the withdrawal of the British Expeditionary Force to Dunkirk.
Outtersteene Communal Cemetery Extension now contains 1393 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 499 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 14 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. There are 72 Second World War burials, of which 23 are unidentified. The extension was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.
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