Etaples Military Cemetery
Etaples is a town about 27 kilometres south of Boulogne. The Military Cemetery is to the north of the town, on the west side of the road to Boulogne.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website describes how "During the First World War, the area around Etaples was the scene of immense concentrations of Commonwealth reinforcement camps and hospitals. It was remote from attack, except from aircraft, and accessible by railway from both the northern or the southern battlefields.
In 1917, 100,000 troops were camped among the sand dunes and the hospitals, which included eleven general, one stationary, four Red Cross hospitals and a convalescent depot, could deal with 22,000 wounded or sick. In September 1919, ten months after the Armistice, three hospitals and the Q.M.A.A.C. convalescent depot remained. The Cemetery contains 10,773 Commonwealth burials of the First World War."
The Cemetery, the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in France, was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.
|23617 PRIVATE /
H. ORMROD / ARMY CYCLIST CORPS / 22ND
(Grave Ref. LXXII. C. 24.)
|19317 PRIVATE / JOHN W. WADDINGTON / SUFFOLK REGIMENT / 7TH
JANUARY 1916 / AT REST
(Grave Ref. VI. B. 10.)
"Son of William Waddington, of Hartlepool, and the late Mary Ann Waddington; husband of Emma E. Waddington, of 17, Albert St., Hartlepool, Durham. Served in the South African Campaign."
Commonwealth War Graves Commission Debt of Honour Register