Kortrijk was called Courtrai during the First World War and was in German hands for most of the fighting. In October 1918 the town was entered by the 12th Royal Irish Rifles. St Jan (St Jean as was) Cemetery had been used by the Germans. In November 1918, No. 44 Casualty Clearing Station was posted at Kortrijk for a week, and it was followed for eight months by No. 62. These two units made a new plot in the south-west part of the cemetery (at the back) which was enlarged after the Armistice. There are now 221 Commonwealth servicemen from the First World War buried here, including John Jarvis Baines from Uppingham who died at 62 CCS.

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4 images Some pictures of the Cemetery, taken 13 December 2014
By John Stokes on Saturday 13th December '14 at 9:55pm
A Rutlander, living in Belgium

Rutland and The Battle of the Somme

More than 90 Rutland soldiers died in the Battle of the Somme which lasted from 1 July 1916 until the middle of November. Today they lie in cemeteries across the old battlefield in northern France or are remembered among the 72,000 names on the Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme. By using our interactive map, you can find out what happened to them.

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