Pernes British Cemetery

Pernes British Cemetery - Photograph by permission of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission


This cemetery lies about a kilometer from the town of Pernes-en Artois, in the Pas de Calais.

It was not begun until April 1918 when the 1st and 4th Canadian Casualty Clearing Stations came to Pernes, driven back by the German advance. In May, the 6th and 22nd Clearing Stations arrived and in August, they were joined by the 13th. Almost all the burials were made by these units, but a few of the graves were brought into the cemetery after the Armistice (Graves 2 to 13 in Plot VI, Row C, were brought from the small British Cemeteries of Anvin and Wavrans).

There are now 1,078 First World War burials in this cemetery, which was designed by Sir Edward Lutyens.

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