ROYAL IRISH RIFLES GRAVEYARD
Pas de Calais
General Directions: Laventie is a village about 11 kilometres south-west of Armentieres and the Graveyard is 3 kilometres south-east of the village on a minor road from Fleurbaix to Couture.
Laventie is a village and commune in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais. The Rue-du-Bacquerot runs South-East of the village, towards Fleurbaix; and the position of the road behind the British front line, during the greater part of the war, made it the natural line of a number of small British cemeteries. One of these was begun in November, 1914, and used, at first, particularly by the 1st Royal Irish Rifles. The Royal Irish Rifles Graveyard, was carried on by fighting units until July, 1916; and these original burials are now in Plots I and II. It was increased after the Armistice by the concentration of graves (chiefly of 1914-15 and 1918) from other cemeteries and from the battlefields East of Estaires and Bethune.
The Rue-du-Bacquerot runs South-East of Laventie, towards Fleurbaix;
and the position of the road behind the British front line, during the
greater part of the war, made it the natural line of a number of small
British cemeteries. One of these was begun in November 1914, and used, at
first, particularly by the 1st Royal Irish Rifles.
Victoria Cross: SD/4 Company Serjeant Major, Nelson Victor Carter, VC, 12th Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment, died 30/06/1916, aged 29. Plot VI. C. 17.
Citation: An extract from the "London Gazette," No. 29740, dated 8th Sept., 1916, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery. During an attack he was in command of the fourth wave of the assault. Under intense shell and machine gun fire he penetrated, with a few men, into the enemy's second line and inflicted heavy casualties with bombs. When forced to retire to the enemy's first line, he captured a machine gun and shot the gunner with his revolver. Finally, after carrying several wounded men into safety, he was himself mortally wounded and died in a few minutes. His conduct throughout the day was magnificent."
Shot at Dawn: 8662 Private O. W. Hodgetts, 1st Bn. Worcestershire Regiment, executed for cowardice 04/06/1915. Plot 4. D. 2.
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 800, Canada 2, India 2, Germany 2, Total Burials: 806