Meurchin Kriegsgräberstätte – German War Cemetery

Historical Information (Source: Volksbund)

828 German war dead World War I in individual graves (24 of them remained unknown).


The German military cemetery in Meurchin was created in early 1915 by the German troops, who carried out burials here until June 1917. The first funeral of six Prussian fussiers and artillerymen took place on October 8, 1914. However, the majority of the victims lost their lives in the extremely bitter civil war of 1915-1916. Fallen pioneers who were victims of the underground mine war are particularly numerous. So 50 German soldiers died in an explosion on March 2, 1916 at Carvin. The Allied attacks in the spring and autumn of 1915 and in the spring of 1917 between Arras and La Bassée also caused high losses. After the war, the French military authorities only made additional beds if German dead were found during clean-up and construction work in the area. Those resting here belonged to troops whose garrisons at home were mainly in Bavaria and the Palatinate, but also in Baden, Saxony, Thuringia, Brandenburg, Hanover and the Hanseatic cities of Bremen and Hamburg.