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CWGC: Vis-en-Artois - Memorial and British Cemetery, Haucourt

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  • Sidney Charles Elsworth (1897 - 1918)
    ELSWORTH, SIDNEY CHARLES Rank: Private Service No: G/26001 Date of Death: 23/09/1918 Regiment/Service: The Buffs (East Kent Regiment) 10th (R. East Kent and West Kent Yeomanry) Bn. Panel Re...
  • Guy Alexander Burnsides (1899 - 1918)
    UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919 NAME: Guy Alexander Burnsides BIRTH PLACE: Doncaster, Yorks RESIDENCE: Starbeck, Yorks DEATH DATE: 15 Sep 1918 DEATH PLACE: France and Flanders...
  • Horace Andrew Newell (1898 - 1918)
    The profile photo is an aerial photo of the last resting place of Horace Newell at the VIS-EN-ARTOIS MEMORIAL near the village of HAUCOURT. PAS de CALAIS. FRANCE. There are some 9821 casualties listed ...
  • William Frederick Probets (c.1882 - c.1918)
    PROBETS, WILLIAM FREDERICK Rank: Rifleman Service No: C/3694 Date of Death: 01/09/1918 Regiment/Service: King's Royal Rifle Corps attd. 1st/15th Bn. London Regiment (Prince of Wales' Own Civi...
  • Leslie Flint (c.1896 - 1918)
    FLINT, LESLIE Rank: Corporal Service No: 17818 Date of Death: 10/10/1918 Age: 22 Regiment/Service: Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment) 2nd Bn. Panel Reference: Panel 7. Memori...

Vis-en-Artois - Memorial and British Cemetery

Image right - Vis-en-Artois Memorial - courtesy WW1 Cemeteries

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Vis-en-Artois and Haucourt were taken by the Canadian Corps on 27 August 1918. The cemetery started immediately afterwards, used by fighting units and field ambulances until the middle of October. It consisted originally of 430 graves (in Plots I and II) of which 297 were Canadian and 55 belonged to the 2nd Duke of Wellington's Regiment.

It was increased after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the battlefields of April-June 1917, August and September 1918, and from the smaller cemeteries in the neighbourhood, including:-

Bois-du-Sart British Cemetery, Pelves

... at the North-Western angle of the Bois-du-Sart, which contained the graves of ten soldiers and airmen from the United Kingdom and nine soldiers from Canada who fell in August and September 1918.

Dury German Cemetery

... which was on the South-East side of Dury village, a little South of the road to Saudemont. It contained the graves of four British and 49 German soldiers.

Ecourt-St.Quentin german Cemetery

... on the East side of the road to Lecluse. It contained the graves of 16 soldiers from the United Kingdom.

Etaing Communal Cemetery German Extension

...which contained the graves of six soldiers and airmen from the United Kingdom, who fell in 1917 and 1918, 331 German soldiers (including some who fell in August 1914), and two Russian prisoners.

Lecluse German Cemetery

... on the West side of the village, contained the graves of 476 German soldiers, eleven soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell in 1917, and one Russian prisoner.

Monchy Quarry Cemetery

... which was in a quarry 800 metres South-East of Monchy-le-Preux. It contained the graves of 22 soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell in July 1917.

Pelves Canadian Cemetery

... nearly 1.6 kilometes due South of the village, contained the graves of 39 soldiers from Canada who fell in August and September 1918.

Pelves Communal Cemetery German Extension

... which contained the graves of two soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell in 1917.

Rumaucourt German Cemetery

... on the Southern edge of the village, which contained the graves of 21 soldiers from the United Kingdom and six from Australia.

Sally-en-Ostrevent Communal Cemetery

... which was destroyed by shell-fire, contained the graves of three soldiers from the United Kingdom (two of which were recovered).

Vis-en-Artois Communal Cemetery German Extension

... which was very badly shelled, contained the graves of 621 German soldiers, 14 from the United Kingdom, eight French and five Russian.

The cemetery now contains 2,369 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 1,458 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to eight casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials commemorate four soldiers buried in other cemeteries whose graves could not be found on concentration.

Casualty Details: UK 1748, Canada 582, Australia 6, South Africa 2, Unidentified 4, Total Burials: 2342

The cemetery was designed by J R Truelove.

Vis-en-Artois memorial

The Memorial bears the names of over 9,000 men who fell in the period from 8 August 1918 to the date of the Armistice in the Advance to Victory in Picardy and Artois, between the Somme and Loos, and who have no known grave. They belonged to the forces of Great Britain and Ireland and South Africa; the Canadian, Australian and New Zealand forces being commemorated on other memorials to the missing.

The Memorial consists of a screen wall in three parts. The middle part of the screen wall is concave and carries stone panels on which names are carved. It is 26 feet high flanked by pylons 70 feet high. The Stone of Remembrance stands exactly between the pylons and behind it, in the middle of the screen, is a group in relief representing St George and the Dragon. The flanking parts of the screen wall are also curved and carry stone panels carved with names. Each of them forms the back of a roofed colonnade; and at the far end of each is a small building.

The memorial was designed by John Reginald Truelove., with sculpture by Ernest Gillick. It was unveiled by the Rt. Hon. Thomas Shaw on 4 August 1930.

Also Vis-en-Artois Communal Cemetery

... which contains one airmen of the Great War.

  • Second Lt. Roland Murray Wilson-Browne, Royal Flying Corps. 31st July 1916, aged 19.

Son of Arthur Edward and Camilla Muriel Wilson Browne of Ravenscliffe, Sutton-Coldfield, Warwickshire

Vis-en-Artois Roll of Honour

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