DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY
Pas de Calais
General Directions: Duisans and Etrun are villages in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, about 9 kilometres west of Arras. The Cemetery lies in Etrun but takes its name from the nearer village of Duisans. It is one kilometre north of Duisans on the D339 road off the Route nationale N39 (Arras-St Pol), in the angle of the Arras Habarcq road and a track leading to Haute-Avesnes.
The area around Duisans was occupied by Commonwealth forces from March 1916, but it was not until February 1917 that the site of this cemetery was selected for the 8th Casualty Clearing Station. The first burials took place in March and from the beginning of April the cemetery grew very quickly, with burials being made from the 8th Casualty Clearing Station (until April 1918), the 19th (until March 1918), and the 41st (until July 1917). Most of the graves relate to the Battles of Arras in 1917, and the trench warfare that followed. From May to August 1918, the cemetery was used by divisions and smaller fighting units for burials from the front line. In the Autumn of 1918 the 23rd, 1st Canadian and 4th Canadian Clearing Stations remained at Duisans for two months, and the 7th was there from November 1918 to November 1920. There are now 3,205 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated at Duisans British Cemetery. There are also 88 German war graves.
The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield
Shot at Dawn: 7674 Corporal James Reid, 6th Bn. Cameron Highlanders, executed for desertion 11/05/1918, aged 26. Plot V. G. 46.
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 2865, Canada 320, Australia 7, New Zealand 7, South Africa 5, India 3, Germany 83, Total Burials: 3207
13th Bn. Royal Fusiliers Killed in action: 12/04/1917
Son of Alfred and Martha Thomas, of Acton; husband of Edith Grace Tucker (formerly Thomas), of 6, Long Drive, East Acton, London.
Plot: III. G. 22.
Picture kindly supplied by his grandson Michael Thomas
38419 Lance Corporal
Wilfred Edwin Price
2nd/6th Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment.
Son of Elsie Price, of Leytonstone; husband of Amy Rosina Price, of "The Glen," 2, Glengarry Rd., Dulwich, London.
Plot: V. C. 42
Picture kindly supplied by his grandson Reg Ritchie of Pinneberg, Germany
"B" Coy. 8th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
24/04/1917, aged 22.
Son of Charles and Margaret Thompson, of Mount of Glosat, Milton of Campsie, Stirlingshire.
Plot IV. C. 35.
Picture courtesy of his Great nephew, Alfred Kelly, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire
George Palframan MM
8th Bn. East Yorkshire Regiment
12/04/1917, aged 24.
Son of William and Elizabeth Palframan
Plot I. Q. 10.
Picture courtesy of Sarah Beaumont
10th Bn. Sherwood Foresters
(Notts and Derby Regiment)
Plot VI. C. 14.
Picture courtesy of Geoff Mayer
9th Bn. Duke of Wellington's Regiment
27/04/1917, aged 20.
Son of William and Ellen Wilde, of 33, Haigh St., Greetland, Halifax, Yorks.
Plot II. M. 16.
Wounded in the early hours of 25/4/17 when the Battalion attacked Bayonet and Rifle trenches between Monchy and Rouex.
Picture courtesy of Tim Thurlow
Edward Charles Lloyd Key MM & Bar
15th Bn. Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regt)
28/09/1918, aged 20.
Son of Charles & Jessie Key and younger brother of Jessie Ann Key of Perdue, Saskatchewan, Canada and formerly of Portskewett, Monmouthshire, Wales.
Plot VII. A. 23.
Picture courtesy of great niece, Sue Seldon
Harry Alfred Underhill
3rd Bn. Canadian Machine Gun Corps.
24/09/1918, aged 28.
Son of Harry and Emily Underhill, of 78, Hillsdale Avenue, Toronto, Canada.
Plot VI. H. 49.
Picture courtesy of great, great niece, Lisa Sharp
The following pictures courtesy and copyright of Gerard Seddon
All of these photographs were taken in the mid 1920's, they show Duisans British Cemetery and a family relaxing within.
Ged Seddon's grandmother was the nanny for this family and the photographs have now found their way into his possession.
The following two pictures courtesy of Liz Williams
These pictures were discovered as undeveloped photos taken by my grandfather John Yelland Hooper whilst serving in Duisans France , obviously taken prior to graves being taken over by the CWGC. Lieut. O Mowatt died 22 april 1917
I have tried to contact any living relatives of Osmond Mowatt without success.