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Lillers is a commune. It is found in the region Nord-Pas-de-Calais in the Pas-de-Calais department in the north of France.

History[change | change source]

In the year 700 AD, two Irish princes, Lugli and Luglien, were on a pilgrimage to Rome. On the road between Boulogne and Thérouanne, near Ferfay, they were attacked and killed by robbers. Their servants buried the bodies, but they were moved by a storm to the castle of the Bishop of Thérouanne. This was seen to be a miracle. When the Normans invaded, the bodies, now holy relics, were moved to a safer place on an island with a marsh all around it. Years later, the sister of the princes, Lilia, came to pray at the chapel built to hold the relics. The town was named Lillers, after her.[1]

World War 1[change | change source]

In World War I, Lillers was the site of a big British military hospital. Nearly 900 soldiers are buried the cemetery.[2] They include two winners of the Victoria Cross, Corporal William Richard Cotter and Major David Nelson.[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. "History Lillers". Site Officiel de la Ville de Lillers (in Fren). Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  2. "Lillers Cemetery". Retrieved 2009-12-01. 
  3. "Lillers Communal Cemetery and Extension". Retrieved 2009-12-01.