Ligny-en-Cambrésis Communal Cemetery

An Australian, William Chisolm, is buried there, his mother's sepulture very close...

Location Information:

Ligny-en-Cambresis is a village about 12 kilometres south-east of Cambrai and 4 kilometres south of Fontaine-le-Pire.
From Cambrai, take the N43 main road towards Le Cateau. After 11 kilometres, at Beauvois-en-Cambresis, turn right onto the D74 road towards Fontaine-au-Pire and Ligny. After about 4 kilometres turn left onto the D15 road towards Caudry. 500 metres further on turn right into the Communal Cemetery.



Historical Information:

The Communal Cemetery was used by the Germans; but the German graves have now been removed.
There are now 40, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over half are unidentified.


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.

Office de Tourisme du Cambrésis
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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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