Mont Noir, St. Jans-Cappel, France

On Saturday 21st April 2018 a centenary ceremony was held to mark the end of the Battle of Mont Noir.


Historical Information

The hill was captured by the Cavalry Corps on the 13th October, 1914, and held throughout the Battles of the Lys, 1918.


The Battle of the Lys (7–29 April 1918), also known as the Lys Offensive, the Fourth Battle of Ypres, the Fourth Battle of Flanders and Operation Georgette (Portuguese: Batalha de La Lys and French: 3ème Bataille des Flandres), was part of the 1918 German offensive in Flanders during World War I, also known as the Spring Offensive. It was originally planned by General Ludendorff as Operation George but was reduced to Operation Georgette, with the objective of capturing Ypres, forcing the British forces back to the channel ports and out of the war. In planning, execution and effects, Georgette was similar to (although smaller than) Operation Michael, earlier in the Spring Offensive.