Arrondissement de Mons
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Hautrage Military Cemetery is located 15 kilometres west of Mons on the N547, a road leading from the N50 Route de Wallonie connecting Mons to Tournai. 15 kilometres along the N50 immediately before the village of Hautrage lies the left hand turning onto the N547 Grande Route de Mons. The cemetery is located 800 metres along the N547 on the right hand side of the road. Historical Information: The village of Hautrage was in German hands during almost the whole of the First World War. The military cemetery was begun by the Germans in August and September 1914, and in the summer of 1918 they brought into it a large number of British graves of 1914, mostly of the 2nd Cavalry and 5th Infantry Divisions, from the surrounding battlefields and local cemeteries. Further graves were moved there after the Armistice. There are now 235 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War in the cemetery. 60 of the burials are unidentified and there are special memorials to five soldiers known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials commemorate casualties buried in Marche German Cemetery (Belgian Luxembourg), whose graves could not be found on concentration. The cemetery also contains 537 German war graves.