Arras, France is one of the lesser known and as a result lesser visited battlefields of the First World War. The city of Arras was built on a system of tunnels which were utilised during the conflict. The major actions in the area were a large scale Allied offensive that occurred in the area from April 1917 and a German attack in Spring 1918. Many of the buildings in the city, including the town hall and cathedral were destroyed and extensive rebuilding occurred at the end of the war.
Faubourg-d’Amiens Cemetery was established in March 1916 and expanded after armistice. The adjacent Arras Memorial commemorates 35,000 servicemen who had no known grave from the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand who died around the area between Spring 1916 and the beginning of the final advance in August 1918. The Arras Flying Service Memorial is also in this area and commemorates the airmen from the Royal Naval Air Service, the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Airforce who were killed on the Western Front and have no known grave.