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Pictures courtesy of Brian Gibson
Bailleulmont is a village 530 metres south of the main road from Arras to Doullens (N25). The Communal Cemetery is at the south-west end of the village, on the road to La Cauchie (D1); and in the east corner of it, to the right of the entrance, is a plot containing the graves of soldiers from the United Kingdom.
The graves in the British plot were made by Field Ambulances and fighting units in 1916-18. There are now over 30, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site.
Shot at Dawn: 1957 private W. G. Hunt, 18th Bn. Manchester Regiment, executed for desertion 14/11/1916. Row A. 7.
Shot at Dawn: 10502 Private A. Longshaw, 18th Bn. Manchester Regiment, executed for desertion 01/12/1916. Row B. 13.
Shot at Dawn: 10495 Private Albert Ingham, 18th Bn. Manchester Regiment, executed for desertion 01/12/1916. Row B. 12. (According to Ward & Gibson (p 81), the Commission engraved on the headstone, at the insistence of the deceased’s father, the words: Shot At Dawn. One of the First to Enlist. He had apparently been caught in civilian clothes on board a Swedish ship about to sail from Dieppe. Official records have: ‘Died of wounds’, while his Death Certificate states: ‘Shot by sentence of FGCM for “Desertion” ‘. Source: Babington, pp 120-1.
Shot at Dawn: 10686 Private B. O'Connell, 1st Bn. Irish Guards, executed for desertion 08/08/1918. Row C. 7.
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.
No. of Identified Casualties: 34
Private Albert Ingham
Picture courtesy of Nicholas Philpot