Planning a visit to the Last Absolution location
and other places of interest.
For those interested in visiting the site of the
Last Absolution and other places associated with the
2nd battalion Munster Fusiliers, your travel will be
in the Nord-Pas de Calais region of France.
Wherever your departure starts from, is sensible to have a reliable
map of the Nord-Pas de Calais area of France. If you have Internet
access, then you can plan your trip using Google maps. Co-ordinates
for the places of interest are listed for use on Google
maps. Rue du Bois runs through Neuve Chapelle and visitors
should aim to use the town as their start point. Click
on blue links for map and general information.
Regional map from Nueve Chapelle
to La Tombe Williot. (The soldiers billeting
The purpose of this map is to give a perspective
of the relationship of the various sites to Nueve-Chapell
Neuve-Chapelle 62840 France. - 50°35'2.87"N
The village of Neuve Chapelle is some 5 kilometres
north of La Bassee and 20 kilometres west-south-west of Lille. Heavy fighting
in March 1915 destroyed the town.
Ruelle Noirette Rue du Bois 62136 near Richebourg. - 50°34'9.95"N
Translates from French as 'Cinder Track', situated on the left
as you head west along Rue du Bois approximately 2.5
km. from Nueve-Chapelle
Last Absolution Assembly Site on Rue du Bois. - 50°33'35.81"N
In the 1970's a re-alignment of the
road was carried out to remove a very tight turn to the left. The
result is a layby area now enclosed between two stone walls and
used by local authorities as a road gravel storage area. The road
alignment was at the cost of demolishing a wayside chapel
as mentioned in the previous introduction page.
Le Touret Miltary Cemetery - 11 Rue du Bois, 62136 Richebourg
- 50°33'38.04"N 2°43'20.67"E
The military cemetery is approximately 0.5 km. west
of the Last Absolution site. The entrance is on the left-hand
side of the road. There are a number of names of Munster Fusiliers
soldiers comemorated in this cemetery.
- Tombe Williot.
All three of the above locations are associated with
the 2nd battalion Munster Fusiliers. The battalion
passed through the town of La Couture on their way to
the trenches near the Cinder Track (Ruelle Noirette).
At Locon the battalion celebrated St. Patrick's Day
at a church in Locon, the church name has not been identified.
Rue de la Tombe Williot was a billeting area for
Allied troops, it was from here the 2nd battalion Munster
Fusiliers started their journey
to the trenches on the evening of 8 May 1915. The billetting
area would have be requisitioned farm houses and out
buildings spread around Tombe Williot.