Rinxent is a village in the department of Pas-de-Calais, France
Long: 1.721767 Lat: 50.812819
Although it was many miles from the trenches of the Western Front, Rinxent was of considerable importance for military operations. It was, and still is, the site of very large quarrying operations. During the war, stone from Rinxent was used for the laying and maintenance of roads and railways and as such was a key element in the logistic support for the British Army. The quarries were worked by a variety of civilian and military organisations, latterly the Quarrying Companies of the Royal Engineers.
The quarries lay north and north east of the village, as can be seen in the aerial image above, and date back many centuries. The stone is recrystallized calcite, a hardened form of chalk, although it is often described as “marble”. The Mayor of Rinxent throughout the Great War period was Charles-Désiré Hénaux, a quarrying businessman.