LAPUGNOY MILITARY CEMETERY
Pas de Calais
General Directions: Lapugnoy is a village 6 kilometres west of Bethune. From the centre of Lapugnoy, head south-west on the D70 in the direction of Marles-les-Mines. On the outskirts there is a crucifix at the side of the main road, turn right here towards Allouagne. After approximately 500 metres there is a track on the left hand side (the Cemetery is signposted here) and the Cemetery can be found on the left hand side, approximately 500 metres, along this track.
The first burials were made in Plot I of the cemetery in September 1915, but it was most heavily used during the Battle of Arras, which began in April 1917. The dead were brought to the cemetery from casualty clearing stations, chiefly the 18th and the 23rd at Lapugnoy and Lozinghem, but between May and August 1918 the cemetery was used by fighting units. Lapugnoy Military Cemetery contains 1,324 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 3 being unidentified, and 11 from the Second World War, all dating from May 1940.
Shot at Dawn: 8793 Private J. Taylor, 2nd Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment, executed for desertion 06/11/1917. Plot 7. A. 11.
Shot at Dawn: 34453 Private A. C. Dagesse, 22nd Battalion Canadian Infantry, executed for desertion 15/03/1918. Plot 8. B. 8.
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 965, Canada 349, Australia 7, South Africa 2, Germany 2, Total Burials: 1325
Lewis Edgar West
14th Bn. Canadian Infantry
Killed in action 07/09/1917, aged 23.
Son of Abram and Emmeline West, of Kingslake, Ontario. Native of Norfolk, Ontario.
plot VI. A. 3.
This soldier also had two brothers killed in 1917, follow the link below to view images of them:
Photo courtesy of Andy Mercer
3rd Bn. Cameron Highlanders
24/04/1918, aged 20.
Son of Walter and Jessie Boa, of Station House, Maxton, Newtown St. Boswells, Roxburghshire.
Plot VII. E. 23.
Picture courtesy of Walter Moffat, nephew of this soldier
110156 Lance Corporal
John Albert Ferguson
8th Company Canadian Machine Gun Corps.
24/04/1917, aged 22.
Plot III. G. 14.
A young farm boy, John originally joined the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles in Sherbrooke, Quebec. Probably because of his love and experience with horses. He later transferred to 8th Coy. Canadian Machine Guns Corps. He died at the age of 22 on April 24th 1917 of wounds received the previous morning (his birthday). Son of Alexander and Mary Jane Ferguson of Cornwall, Ontario.
Circumstances of Death Report
Pictures courtesy of nephew Gordon A. Ferguson, Williamstown, Ontario, and Ralph Cameron, Ottawa, Ontario.
7th Bn. King's Own Scottish Borderers
05/03/1916, aged 30.
Plot I. E. 30.
Son of John Henry and Kate Brough, of 22, Enoch Terrace, Peas Hill Rd., Nottingham.
Picture courtesy of great niece, Jillian Lewis
Gordon Strachey Shephard,
DSO. MC. M. I. D.
Staff, Commanding 1st Bde. Royal Flying Corps
Formerly Royal Fusiliers
19/01/1918, aged 32.
Chevalier of the Legion of Honour (France). Son of Sir Horatio and Lady Shephard, of 58, Montagu Square, London
Plot VI. B. 15
Pictures courtesy of Nancy Wilson
John William Gregory
1st/5th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
22/03/1918, aged 22.
Son of James and Hannah Gregory of Lydgate, Holmesfield, Sheffield.
Plot IX. A. 12.
His name is carved on the WW1 memorial in the churchyard of Holmesfield Parish Church. He was always known by his full Christian name, John William. His older brother Albert was captured at Ypres, held a prisoner at Stendal in Germany but escaped captivity and survived the war.
Picture courtesy of great nephew, J. R. Malpass