Coquelicot Art of the First World War
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John Lavery, The Cemetery, Etaples, 1919, oil on canvas, 59 x 90 cm, Imperial War Museum, London.

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The death

96 - John Lavery

Many hospitals for British troops were set up in Etaples and many men died here, to be buried in the countryside above the River Canche and the Paris-Boulogne railway line. Before the Imperial War Graves Commission brought them together and arranged for their upkeep, this is how it appeared to Lavery as it had done to Vallotton: crosses, a few flowers and interminable rows among which women tend the graves.