Nieppe communal cemetery, called “Pont de Nieppe” cemetery, hosts:
- 135 Commonwealth soldiers
- 32 french soldiers
- 790 german soldiers
Pont-de-Nieppe Communal Cemetery was used by Commonwealth field ambulances and fighting units from October 1914 to March 1918. Then by German troops during the summer of 1918. And by Commonwealth troops again in September-November 1918.
Two tombstones belong to soldiers killed during Second Wolrd War (1940). And, quite surprisingly, one of the tomb hosts a volonteer of IWGC accidentaly killed in 1949.
The French soldiers burried in Pont de Nieppe cemetery were killed during WWI or WWII. Their parents added a plate with their name, a picture and some sweet words.
On the left of the Commonwealth cemetery, french civilians are burried. Most of them were partisans (FFI) who were killed by the Nazis just before the Liberation, between the 1st and the 4th of september 1944. (Eighteen civilians were shot by the SS as retaliation for the actions of the partisans). You can also find family tombstones within the cemetery where the partisans had been burried with their deceased loved ones. Nieppe was freed by English soldiers on the 5th of september 1944.
The german WWI cemetery, as all german military cemeteries, host simple black crosses, planted among trees.
Photos of the cemetery:
You can click the photos to enlarge them.
How to get there?
Nieppe is a village 4 kilometres north-west of Armentières on the road to Bailleul. The Communal Cemetery is east of the village, some 500 metres to the north of the main Armentieres-Bailleul road.
When you’re on “Rue d’Armentières”, you have to turn on “Rue du cimetières” (a blind alley) when you see Crédit Mutuel bank. The road sign indicates the German cemetery, but neither the french nor the Commonwealth cemeteries. (click on the images to enlarge them)
When you enter the cemetery, the Commonwealth and the french tombs are on the right. The german tombs are on the left.