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Le Cateau Communal Cemetery

Military cemetery (LE CATEAU-CAMBRESIS)

In the summer of 1914 British and French troops were forced back towards France as the German Army swept across Belgium. On 26 August the soldiers of the British Expeditionary Force held their ground near the town of Le Cateau to slow down the enemy's progress and allow the Allied soldiers enough time to reorganize prior to continuing their retreat. In the aftermath of the fighting, the Germans buried 150 dead British soldiers in a corner of the town's civilian cemetery.