NOREUIL AUSTRALIAN CEMETERY
Pas De Calais
Roll of Honour
Listed by Surname
Noreuil is a village approximately 10 kilometres north-east of Bapaume.
From Bapaume take the N30 in the direction of Cambrai. After passing through the village of Beugny, continue for approximately 1 kilometre. Turn left onto the D18 in the direction of Croisilles. Continue on the D18 until Lagnicourt-Marcel, then turn left onto the D5. Noreuil is 2.9 kilometres further on. Once into the village continue for 400 metres, then turn left at the CWGC signpost. Noreuil Australian Cemetery is 300 metres down this road.
The location or design of this site makes wheelchair access impossible.
Noreuil was the scene of a fierce engagement between Australian troops and the Germans on 15 April 1917.
The Australian Cemetery was started at the beginning of April 1917 and used until the following December. Four further burials were made in September 1918.
Noreuil Australian Cemetery contains 245 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 28 of the burials are unidentified and 82 graves destroyed by shell fire are represented by special memorials. These 82 are almost all of the 50th Australian Infantry Battalion.
Total Burials: 245.
Identified Casualties: Australia 157, United Kingdom 60. Total 217.
Unidentified Casualties: Australia 26, United Kingdom 2. Total 28.
The cemetery was designed by William Harrison Cowlishaw
Cemetery images in gallery below © Johan Pauwels
7th May 1917; The first aid post near Noreuil, showing stretcher bearers bringing in wounded during the fighting at Bullecourt. Note the pigeon baskets, in which messages carrying pigeons have been brought up by a despatch rider on a Triumph model H motor bike to a signal office in the vicinity for distribution among the attacking troops.
23rd April 1917; View of the dugouts and personnel of the 27th Battalion on the Sunken Road near Noreuil. This unit was then in support of the 5th and 6th Brigades. Identified, left to right: 5129 Private (Pte) A T Stanton (back); 132 Pte J Maly; 89 Corporal H G Howe; unidentified (foreground); 6354 Pte I Baker (foreground); next four unidentified; 2354 Sergeant S R Delbridge (background); unidentified; Capt A V Gallasch MC (kneeling foreground); 2343 Pte A Chaplin (foreground sitting on sandbags); next two unidentified; Major H P Brownell DSO, Regimental Medical Officer (back); unidentified; Captain H T Schramm (right foreground); unidentified; 3191 Pte C Knockaert (right background).