7. Ligny-en-Cambrésis

William Malcolm Chisholm is the first Australian soldier killed during WW1.


It was in Ligny-en-Cambrésis that Lieutenant William Malcolm Chisholm met his death on 27th August 1914. He had been wounded the previous day and died of his serious injuries in the church despite the unstinting care he received. He was the first soldier from Australia to die in the First World War and was buried in the military section of the village cemetery. Not far away is the grave of his mother, who expressed the wish to be buried in France close to her son.


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Whether they follow the Escaut, drive along country roads, discover the picturesque alleys of the old Cambrai, fortified farms, museums, learn about Matisse and Blériot, lace ang giants, tourists will understand why the inhabitants of this part of France are so happy to welcome them and will feel like coming back.

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