From the National Road (N43 Lens-Béthune), turn onto the D165 towards Loos-en-Gohelle following signs for Wingles and La Bassée. Before reaching Loos-en-Gohelle village square turn left then first left again. The cemetery is located in the street; Rue Alexandre Maniez.
Strangely the cemetery is not signposted from the town.
Loos is pronounced more like Loss than Loose.
St. Patrick’s Cemetery was begun during the Battle of Loos by French and British troops, and used in 1916 very largely by the units of the 16th (Irish) Division. It was closed in June 1918, but a small number of graves were brought into it after the Armistice from the battlefields between Loos and Hulluch. The irregular arrangement of the rows is due to the conditions under which the burials were carried out.
There are now 583 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-18 war commemorated in this cemetery. Of these, 41 are unidentified and the graves of 23, destroyed by shell fire, are now represented by special memorials. There are also 54 French burials here.
The cemetery covers an area of 3,001 square metres and is enclosed by a brick wall.
Private G Wilkinson 43393
1st Bn West Yorkshire Regiment
(Prince of Wales’s Own)
Died on 24th September 1917
Grave: II G 11
Sergeant Harry Tosh 204221
15th Bn Canadian Infantry
48th Highlanders of Canada
Died on 15th August 1917 aged 25
Son of Mrs M Tosh
of West Grinstead, Horsham, Sussex
Grave: II A 12
Private D Sheehan 3814
8th Bn Royal Munster Fusiliers
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 43
Son of Denis and Mary Sheehan
of Toorsaleen, Cahirciveen, Co. Kerry
Grave: I B 5
Lance Corporal S Arthur 21783
8th Bn Royal Irish Fusiliers
Died on 14th July 1916 aged 20
Son of John and E. Arthur
of 3, St. James Place, St. Jaques, Guernsey
Grave: I N 13