Les Baraques Military Cemetery – France


After our arrival in France on Thursday 28th August 2014 we picked up our second hire car, and drove the short distance to Les Baraques Military Cemetery at Sangatte in Calais, France.

According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website http://www.cwgc.org/, Les Baraques Military Cemetery contains 1303 Commonwealth graves from the First World War, as well as 250 war graves from other nationalities, and also 7 Second World War burials.

Percy Walter Holpen, a carter who joined the Coo-ees at Wellington, is the only Coo-ee buried in this cemetery. He died of illness on 26th November 1918 from influenza, while in hospital at Calais.

The photograph below shows Percy Walter Holpen’s headstsone (fourth from right in centre) at Les Baraques Military Cemetery.

Les Baraques Military Cemetery (Photograph: S & H Thompson 28/8/2014)

Les Baraques Military Cemetery (Photograph: S & H Thompson 28/8/2014)

A photograph of the headstone on Percy Walter Holpen’s grave will be added to his individual blog entry, and form part of a Roll of Honour for the fallen Coo-ees on this blog, after our return to Australia.

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