BUCQUOY ROAD CEMETERY
Pas de Calais
General Directions: Bucquoy Road Cemetery is situated on the D919 heading south from Arras to Ayette. The Cemetery is on the right hand side of the road, 9 kilometres from Arras, just before a crossroads with the D36 between Ficheux and Boisleux-au-Mont.
In November 1916, the village of Ficheux was behind the German front
line, but by April 1917, the German withdrawal had taken the line
considerably east of the village and in April and May, the VII Corps Main
Dressing Station was posted near for the Battles of Arras. It was followed
by the 20th and 43rd Casualty Clearing Stations, which remained at Boisleux-au-Mont
until March 1918, and continued to use the Bucquoy Road Cemetery begun by
the field ambulances. From early April to early August 1918 the cemetery was
not used but in September and October, the 22nd, 30th and 33rd Casualty
Clearing Stations came to Boisleux-au-Mont and extended it. By the date of
the Armistice, it contained 1,166 burials but was greatly increased when
graves were brought in from the surrounding battlefields and from small
cemeteries in the neighbourhood.
Shot at Dawn: 45688 Private J. B. Milburn, 24th/27th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers, executed for desertion 08/11/1917. Plot 2. C. 8.
Shot at Dawn: 46127 Private E. Horler, 12th Bn. West Yorkshire Regiment, executed for desertion 17/02/1918. Plot 2. L. 14.
The mass pardon of 306 British Empire soldiers executed for certain offences during the Great War was enacted in section 359 of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which came into effect on royal assent on 8 November 2006.
Casualty Details: UK 1453, Canada 447, India 1, Total Burials: 1901
John Darley Denton
1st Bn. Grenadier Guards
Ethel Foyson Denton.
Plot VI. F. 13.
Image courtesy of granddaughter Mrs M. Julie Taylor
7th Bn. Manchester Regiment
Plot II. H. 21.
He was married to Ethel Mitchell (nee Slater) and lived in Oldham. They had two sons Harry Ensor, and my father George Kenneth. George was born 3 months after the death of his father.
Harry wrote some beautiful love letters to my Grandmother, the most poignant being the final letter saying what was planned and that he was confident that all would be well.
I have the telegram that my Grandmother received and the final cheque that she received from my grandfather, which arrived after his death but which she felt she could not cash in.
Picture courtesy of Cassandra Gouriet, Lt. Mitchell's granddaughter
Joseph Wilkinson Tunstall
9th Bn. Durham Light Infantry
06/09/1917, aged 32.
Son of William and Alice Tunstall; husband of Elizabeth McNaughton (formerly Tunstall), of High Spen, Rowlands Hill, Co. Durham. Native of Greenside, Ryton.
Plot I. L. 2.
Picture courtesy of Alan Tunstall