Soupir – Cemetery 1
Source : MINDEF/SGA/DMPA-ONACVG
World War I: creation (Chemin des Dames battles)
1920, 1924, 1934 to 1936: bodies from the Chemin des Dames military cemeteries are grouped together.
The village of Soupir lies in a central position in the Aisne department: some twenty kilometres from Laon and from Soissons. This crossroads location explains the violent fighting that took place there starting in September 1914.
The territory of the commune of Soupir holds the two Soupir National Cemeteries, located on either side of departmental route No. 925, created starting in 1920 to bring together the bodies from collective graves at Athies-sous-Laon, Gellnes, Pargny-Filain and Vieil-Arcy, soldiers who Died for France in the autumn of 1914, in April 1917 and in October 1918.
The initial Soupir Cemetery site exceed its capacity, so much so that a second cemetery (Soupir No. 2) was laid out in September of 1934. The "Soupir No. 1" site covers 27,773 m² and was laid out successively in 1920, 1924, and from 1934 to 1936. It contains 7,808 bodies, 4,720 of which are in individual and collective graves and 3,088 in the 3 ossuaries, as well as four collective graves with 266 bodies from the sites at Vieil-Arcy, Athies-sous-Laon, Glennes and Pargny-Filain. There is also the grave of a Belgian soldier and the grave of a Russian fighter.
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