VALENCIENNES (ST. ROCH) COMMUNAL CEMETERY
General Directions: Valenciennes (St. Roch) Communal Cemetery is situated on the north-east side of Valenciennes, about 1.5 kilometres from the centre. It is on the north side of the road to Bruay-sur-L'Escaut.
Valenciennes remained in German hands from the early days of the First World War until 1-2 November 1918, when it was entered and cleared by the Canadian Corps; 5,000 civilians were found in the town. In November and December 1918, the 2nd, 57th, 4th Canadian and 32nd Casualty Clearing Stations were posted at Valenciennes and the last of them did not leave until October 1919. The Communal Cemetery of St. Roch was used by the Germans in August and September 1914 and an extension was then made on the south-east side. The Commonwealth plots were made adjoining the German: I and II contain the graves of October 1918 to December 1919; III, IV, V and part of VI contain the graves of 348 soldiers buried originally in the German Extension and 226 whose bodies were brought from other cemeteries or from the battlefields. The German Extension has since been removed and the Commonwealth plots are within the enlarged Communal Cemetery.
Please note the following opening times: November - February: 08.00 - 17.00, March - September: 08.00 - 18.00 October: 08.00 - 17.30
Casualty Details: UK 697, Canada 151, Australia 28, New Zealand 1, South Africa 3, India 5, Total Burials: 885
Ernest James Westaway
10th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps.
Plot V. F. 11.
Picture courtesy of Eileen Robbins
63rd Bn. Machine Gun Corps. (Inf.)
Formerly 24159 Worcestershire Regiment
05/07/1917, aged 21
Son of Richard Hale, of Upper Mill Bank, Evesham, Worcs.
Plot IV. D. 25
His brother Jack Hale is commemorated on the
Photo courtesy of Barbara Turner, this soldier is her husband's great uncle
Isaac O. Leach
1st/5th Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
22/04/1918, aged 38.
Husband of Eleanor Leach, of 56, Stourbridge Rd., Scotts Green, Dudley, Worcs.
Plot IV. G. 11.
Image courtesy of Linda Rudnicki, great niece of this soldier
Courtney W. Smith
72nd Bn. Canadian Infantry
(British Columbia Regiment)
Son of Nehemiah Smith, Clarks Harbour Nova Scotia.
Plot I. B. 10.
Picture courtesy of Alton Cromwell. This soldiers father was his great grandfather's brother