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Bailleul Road West Cemetery

Military cemetery (SAINT-LAURENT-BLANGY)

Bailleul Road West Cemetery was begun in May 1917 by the 12th battalion of the venerable Royal Scots Regiment. Founded in 1633, it was the oldest infantry regiment in the British Army prior to its merger with the King’s Own Scottish Borderers in 2006. The Royal Scots distinguished itself in the Battle of Arras when it liberated the village of Saint-Laurent however it paid a heavy price in casualties. Most of the 100 soldiers buried in Bailleul cemetery were killed on 9 April 1917, the first day of fighting.