A while ago I made a day trip to Calais, the famous port city in the North of France and pretty close to the Belgian border. Before I visited a local graffiti / skate festival (click here) I had made a big walking tour through the city, along the dike and through the dunes that are dotted with remains of the Atlantikwall (WW2). Without really knowing, I ended up in a neighboring place, Sangatte or also known as Blériot-Plage / Plage des Baraques, and I discovered a war cemetery just next to the dunes (on Rue Vigier). Not that I’m a lurid personality, but war history is one of the things that really interests me. Of course, my curiosity was awakened:).
My first thought was that it’s a war cemetery from the Second World War, would sound logical since it’s located just next to the bunker line that descends from the Second World War. Les Baraques is a well maintained war cemetery that was built during the First World War. The first three years, Commonwealth burials were made at Calais Southern Cemetery, but it became necessary to start a new site and in September 1917, the first burials took place at Les Baraques . The cemetery continued in use until 1921.
The cemetery now contains 1,303 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, together with more than 250 war graves of other nationalities (also a few Germans). The cemetery also contains seven Second World War burials.
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