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Zouave Valley Cemetery

Military cemetery (SOUCHEZ)

The peaceful fields at the foot of Vimy Ridge belie the strategic importance of the position in times of war. In May 1915 the Moroccan Division gained a foothold on the ridge after much fighting in the ravine below, since named 'Zouave Valley'. Opened by the British Army in May 1916, Zouave Valley Cemetery suffered shelling to such an extent that some of the 245 graves in the cemetery could not be formally identified after the war. These now bear the inscription 'Buried near this spot'.