From March 1915 to February 1918, Aire was a busy but peaceful centre used by Commonwealth forces as corps headquarters. The Highland Casualty Clearing Station was based there as was the 39th Stationary Hospital (from May 1917) and other medical units. 

Other burials relate to the fighting of 1918, when the 54th Casualty Clearing Station came to Aire and the town was, for a while, within five miles of the front line.

The cemetery now contains 894 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and a few French and German war graves. There are also 21 Second War burials, mostly dating from the withdrawal to Dunkirk in May 1940. 

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Aire Cemetery is located within Aire Communal Town Cemetery

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The cross of sacrifice in Aire Cemetery

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The Grave of Pte Frank Cook of the DCLI

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Quiet rows of stones, keeping guard over the lines to this day