Pas de Calais



General Directions: Les Baraques Military Cemetery will be found on the western side of Calais. It is just off the D940, the road to Sangatte, and CWGC signposts are in place directing visitors to the cemetery. 

In April 1915, No.6 Base Supply Depot was started at Calais to help relieve the pressure on Boulogne and to provide a base nearer to the front than Havre or Rouen. The base remained open until the last Commonwealth forces left France in March 1921.

The 30th, 35th and 38th General Hospitals, No.9 British Red Cross Hospital and No.10 Canadian Stationary Hospital were also stationed in the town providing about 2,500 beds. For three years, Commonwealth burials were made in Calais Southern Cemetery, but it later 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, all but 2 of them German. The cemetery also contains seven Second World War burials.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

Shot at Dawn: 50079 Private, Joseph Chandler, 10th Bn. Lincolnshire Regiment, executed for murder 11/08/1919, Plot XIX. A. 1. Husband of Nora Chandler, of 5, Burndon Street, Gateshead-on-Tyne. There are also the graves of four men of the Chinese Labour Corps buried in 9. C. all executed for murder.

he mass pardon of 306 British Empire soldiers executed for certain offences during the Great War was enacted in section 359 of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which came into effect on royal assent on 8 November 2006.

Casualty Details: UK 1231, Canada 26, Australia 27, New Zealand 4, South Africa 16, India 6, Germany 237, Japan 1, Belgium 1, Total Burials: 1350 (Not including 11 non war burials).




122318 Gunner

Henry Birkett Shimelds

"D" Bty. 165th Bde. Royal Field Artillery

10/11/1918, aged 24.

Son of Newbold and Betsy Shimelds, of 121, Urban Rd., Doncaster, Yorks.

Plot VI. E. 1A.


Harry was my great, great uncle, I have just recently found him while researching my family tree, turns out I only live around the corner from where they used to live.

Picture courtesy of Nicola Pollard


WR/125307 Serjeant

R. E. G. Perks

38th Miscellaneous Trades Coy.

Royal Engineers

21/10/1918, aged 29.

Son of William and Sarah Jane Perks, of 6, Seymour St., Bath.

Plot V. H. 3.






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