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General Directions: Aix-Noulette is 16 kilometres north of Arras, about 2 kilometres south-west of Bully-les-Mines on the road from Arras to Bethune. Tranchee de Mecknes Cemetery is about 2 kilometres east of the village.

The cemetery was begun by French troops in May 1915, and the trench, and consequently the cemetery, were named from the Arab version of the town of Mequinez in Morocco, from which these troops had come. The cemetery was taken over by British units in February 1916, and besides its present name it was called at times Pioneer Point, Mechanics Trench and Corons d'Aix.

There are now 199 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war commemorated in this site, 3 being unidentified and a special memorial is erected to one soldier from the United Kingdom whose grave cannot now be found. There are 171 French and 2 German burials here.

The British part of the cemetery covers an area of 1,129 square metres.

Casualty Details: UK 154, Canada 45, Germany 2, France 171, Total Burials: 372



PO/854(S) Private

Andrew Hunter McQuilken

2nd R.M. Bn. R.N. Div., Royal Marine Light Infantry
25/08/1916, aged 21.

Son of Alex McQuilken and Helen Hunter of 12, Sandyford St., Glasgow.

Row J. 13.


Remembered with honour


Dedication by: David C. Fitzpatrick, Clydebank, Scotland

17176 Private

Harold Halstead

8th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment


Resided at 15 Parkinson Street, Burnley Wood, Burnley.

Row F. 5.



Clyde Z/1283 Able Seaman

James Beattie

Hawke Bn. R. N. Division

22/06/1916, aged 24.

Son of James Beattie, of Seaton Lodge, Arbroath.

Row D. 15.





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