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Commemorating the centenary of the First World War in books

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Monday Monuments and Memorials – Étaples Military Cemetery, Étaples, France

Étaples Military Cemetery is the largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in France, with more than 10,000 burials from WW1. Twenty women are buried there, more than in any other CWGC cemetery on the Western Front. Étaples, a port town south of Boulogne, served as an Allied training base, supply depot, prisoner detention centre, and “Hospital City” during WW1.

Six of the women were killed in action. The others died of illness, mostly pneumonia or influenza. Continue reading