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.
The more sizeable of the small cemeteries concentrated into Bucquoy Road
Cemetery were the following:
BOIRY-STE. RICTRUDE BRITISH CEMETERY, on the West side of that village,
contained 16 graves of soldiers from the United Kingdom (mainly 56th
(London) Division), who fell in March and April, 1917.
BOISLEUX-ST. MARC BRITISH CEMETERY, between Boisleux-st Marc and Boyelles,
contained ten graves of soldiers from the United Kingdom (nine of the 2/1st
London Regiment) who fell in March and May, 1917.
BOISLEUX-ST. MARC MILITARY CEMETERY (or MERCATEL ROAD CEMETERY), South of
Mercatel, contained eleven graves of soldiers from the United Kingdom who
fell in March and April, 1917.
CROSS ROADS CEMETERY, BOISLEUX-ST. MARC, a little East of that village,
contained 25 graves of soldiers from the United Kingdom (18 of the 1st
London Scottish) who fell in August and September, 1918.
BUSHES CEMETERY, BOISLEUX-ST. MARC, a little South of that village,
containing 17 graves of soldiers of the 1st Grenadier Guards who fell in
March and April, 1918.
HAMELINCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY, between Courcelles and Hamelincourt,
contained the graves of eight soldiers of the 3rd Grenadier Guards who fell
on the 22nd-24th August, 1918.
HAMELINCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, contained 20 graves of soldiers
from the United Kingdom who fell in March, August and September, 1918.
MONCHY-AU-BOIS BRITISH CEMETERY, on the North-East side of that village,
contained the graves of 14 soldiers (twelve of the 42nd (East Lancs)
Division) who fell in March, 1918.
HENIN-SUR-COJEUL GERMAN CEMETERY, in the South-West quarter of that village,
where 28 soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried by their comrades in
April and May, 1917.
The cemetery now contains 1,901 burials and commemorations of the First
World War. 168 of the burials are unidentified but there are special
memorials to 23 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other
special memorials commemorate 21 casualties buried by their comrades in
Henin-sur-Cojeul German Cemetery, whose graves could not be found on
The cemetery was used again in May 1940 for the burial of troops killed
during the German advance. There are 136 burials and commemorations of the
Second World War; 26 of the burials are unidentified and special memorials
commemorate 39 soldiers whose graves in the cemetery could not be
The cemetery was designed by Sir
Edwin Lutyens & George
Shot at Dawn:
45688 Private J. B. Milburn, 24th/27th Bn. Northumberland Fusiliers,
executed for desertion 08/11/1917. Plot II. C. 8.
Shot at Dawn:
46127 Private E. Horler, 12th Bn. West Yorkshire Regiment, executed for
desertion 17/02/1918. Plot II. L. 14.
The mass pardon of 306 British
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
graves within the cemetery
Ethel Foyson Denton.
Son of John Darley and A Denton of 173 Dean Road, Scarborough
Plot VI. F. 13.
Image courtesy of granddaughter Mrs M. Julie Taylor
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
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.
of Cassandra Gouriet, Lt. Mitchell's granddaughter
9th Bn. Durham
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.
Picture courtesy of Alan Tunstall
(Tyneside Irish) Bn.
Son of the
late Joseph and Eleanor Smith; husband of Eva May Smith, of 12, St.
Thomas St., Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Plot II. C.
All pictures courtesy of Ben McNiff
Marmaduke is shown bottom right.
Envelope showing that the letter had been checked by
the Base Censor.
Frank's grave is second left with the flowers on top of the cross
7th Bn. The
Kenneth and Jessie Cameron, of Londuth, Poolewe, Ross-shire; husband of
Helen Watson Cameron, of 33, Marylebone Lane, Wigmore St., London.
Plot I. E.
Pictures courtesy of great nephew,
Thomas and Margaret Ann Dunkerley, of 28, Rectory Rd., Burnley.
Plot VI. L.
the 10th Bn. Cameronians, (Scottish Rifles), Herbert later joined the
Tank Corps in January 1918. Prior to enlisting he was a weaver at
Slater's Mill, Calder-Vale Road, Burnley.
after his death, Herbert's parents received the following letter from
one of his friends at the front;
had many an hour with him out here, he was buried along with two more of
the Tank Corps.
plant something on his grave in the course of a day or two, which I
might say, is in a village about four miles from -------. I know it must
be a hard blow to you all at home. I cannot express my feelings towards
you on paper."
Wolton Fox, DCM
Son of Mrs.
A. E. Fox, of Great Ryburgh, Fakenham, Norfolk.
Mr and Mrs G. L. Smith of the Bath Arms, Kingsmead Street, Bath.
pictures show Herbert and also his mother wearing his DCM along with the
|Herbert was one of 3 children born to
Harry and Annie Fox, he was baptised in Ryburgh on May 26th 1895
although at that time they were living in Fulmodeston. It is believed
they moved to Ryburgh around 1900 living near the school in the area
where 58-64 Station Road are today. His father died in 1901 at the age
of 35. Some time later Herbert moved to Cirencester to live with his
Aunt Harriet. According to the Census of 1911 he was employed as an
under-gardener domestic. A regular soldier on the outbreak of war his
regiment the 2nd Battalion Wiltshire Regiment were stationed in
Gibraltar. They were mobilised on the 29th July 1914, arriving
Southampton on the 3rd September 1914. Attached 21st Brigade 7th Div
they landed at Zeebrugge on the 6th October 1914. They were immediately
in action in the defence of Antwerp; falling back from there they became
entrenched at Reutel east of Ypres in Belgium where they took part in
the First Battle of Ypres. 1915 saw them in Fleurbaix , their next
action would be at Neuve Chappelle. Their last action that year was at
Loos, famous for the fact that the Queen`s uncle Fergus was killed
there. 1916 found them in the Amiens area but by July 1st the opening
day of the Battle of the Somme they were fighting in support at
Montauban, in Trones Wood they `bayoneted their way through German
lines`. This action led to the award of no less than 23 gallantry
awards. Herbert himself was later awarded the `Distinguished Conduct
Medal` (DCM) on the 28th July, his citation read: 8829 L/Cpl H. W. Fox
Wilts Regt. (sic) `For conspicuous gallantry and resource as a telephone
linesman. On several occasions during bombardments previous to an
assault he kept up telephone communications and repaired and maintained
lines under the heaviest shell fire. His services were invaluable, and
he always performed his work with coolness and courage under the most
dangerous conditions`. 1917 his regt. were still in France for the first
3 months leading up to opening day of the Battle of Arras which
commenced on the 9th April the day of Herbert’s death. On that fateful
day the Wilts attacked the Hindenburg line with only a few reaching
their objective owing to the barbed wire still being undamaged, a sadly
familiar story. It is worth noting that in all these 3 years he had
only been home on leave once!
Herbert is not only commemorated at Bucquoy Road, but also the
Ryburgh War Memorial and Ryburgh Memorial Hall and on the 3rd panel at
Cirencester, as confirmed by the following 2 links.
Above information courtesy of Ryburgh Remembers
His mother received the following letter from 2nd
Lieutenant W. R. Wood, O. C. of ‘A’ Company, 2nd Wiltshires:
‘It is with great regret that I am writing to
inform you of the death of your son, No. 8829 Cpl. Fox, H.
He was killed in action on 9 April 1917 during
an attack on an enemy position. I can hardly express in words the
sympathy which I feel for you in your great trouble but I hope that it
will comfort you to know that he always did his duty and set a fine
example to everyone around him both by his devotion to duty and great
courage under fire. His loss will be a great loss to the regiment and I
may say the Army ...’
James and Sarah Casey, of Darwen; husband of Margaret Casey, of 113,
Grey St., Burnley.
Plot VI. L.
He left a
widow and two children. Prior to enlisting he was employed at New Hall
Spinning Mill, Burnley.
Lieutenant F. Bailey wrote to Richard's wife;
Madam, it is with deep regret that I have to inform you that your
husband was killed in action during the operations of 21st August. He
was hit by a snipers bullet in the stomach, and died immediately. His
loss is greatly felt."
John Robert Burrows
1st/5th Bn. East
28/03/1918, aged 19.
Son of Tom A. and Mary
Burrows, of 14, Rochester St., Burnley.
Plot IV. G. 43.
John Thomas Proctor
19th Bn. The King's
09/04/1917, aged 29.
Son of Matthew and Mary
Ann Proctor, of 3, Lydia St., Burnley.
Plot VI. P. 30.
Twice wounded and once
gassed, he was the oldest of six sons and one daughter. Prior to
enlisting he was a weaver at Proctor's Mill, Stoneyholme.
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