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Near the town of Hazebrouck in France is a World War One cemetery called La Kreule Military Cemetery. Once La Creule was a independent small town but today Hazebrouck has grown to the extent that La Creule is now a district of Hazebrouck. This particular WW1 commonwealth cemetery lies 2 kilometres from the city centre.
Before the German Spring Offensive in 1918 there were three field hospitals situated around this area. These were the 17th Australian Casualty Clearing Station which fell back from Lijssenthoek in Belgium and the first and second Australian Casualty Clearing Stations which retreated from Outtersteene in France. These medical hospitals known as ‘Ana Jana Siding’ buried their deceased at the location which is now the La Kreule Military Cemetery in April 1918. The three hospitals retreated in this same month towards Blendecques near St. Omer in France. Other fighting units and heavy artillery kept using the burial site until October 1918. When the frontline stabilised the 17th Australian Casualty Clearing Station returned together with the 8th and 64th. Before the end of October the site was closed for further burials.
La Kreule Military Cemetery
On the La Kreule Commonwealth cemetery lie 589 victims of World War One. From these 589 soldiers only one of them is unknown by name.
455 British Soldiers
78 Australian Soldiers
2 Canadian Soldiers
41 South African Soldiers
1 French Soldier
And 12 German Soldiers (According to the plaque on the Cemetery)
Shot At Dawn
Soldier Harry Hendricks lost his live at the firing squad due to desertion. He served with the 2nd Bn. Leister Regiment during the war. He was 46 years of age when he lost his live on the 23rd of August in 1918, three months before the end of the Great War.
Brigadier General Stuart Campbell is the highest ranking officer on this field. He served with the General staff, 93th infantry brigade. He commanded the 15th Battalion West Yorkshire Regiment – Prince of Wales Own, and received the Distinguished Service Order. He was wounded during the war and died on 11 October 1918, 45 years old.
Frank John Scott and Cleve James Scott
This gravestone commemorates the Scott brothers. Lt. Cleve Scot lost his live on the 22nd of June in 1918 near Hollbeke and is buried here on the La Kreule Military Cemetery. On his stone is a remembrance text of his brother who lost his live during the Battle of Polygoon Wood on the 25th of September in 1917. Lt. Frank Scott’s company captured a bunker and named it Scott’s bunker. The bunker still exists today near Zonnebeke. There is no burial site for Frank Scott, he is remembered at the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres and on his brothers grave in La Kreule.
Like any other Commonwealth Cemetery it is waiting for you to visit, it is clean and well kept like all Allied cemeteries. You will find the cemetery at 392 Cuype Straete, 59190 Hazebrouck, France.