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Orival Wood Cemetery

Military cemetery (FLESQUIERES)

On 20 November 1917, the first day of the Battle of Cambrai, the British Army broke through the Hindenburg Line with tanks but their swift progress was brought to a halt by vigorous German resistance on Flesquières Ridge. The Orival Wood Cemetery was started during the battle and today contains the graves of 300 soldiers who fell in the area in 1917 and 1918. Scottish poet Ewart Allan Mackintosh, author of In Memoriam, was also laid to rest there. He was killed on 21 November 1917.