ACHEUX BRITISH CEMETERY

Acheux

Somme

France

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General Directions: Acheux lies on the D938, the main road from Albert to Doullens, approximately 10 kilometres out of Albert. As you arrive in Acheux the church will be seen on your right and you will come to a crossroads. Turn left on to the D114 in the direction of Lealvillers and the cemetery will be found 800 metres further along on the right hand side of the road. 

The VIII Corps Collection Station was placed at Acheux in readiness for the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and the graves of July, August and September 1916, in Row A and part of Row B, are the earliest in the cemetery. A few graves in Row B mark the period of eighteen months during which the field ambulances had moved eastwards and the cemetery was little used. The remaining graves cover the period April to August 1918, when the German offensives brought the Allied front line within 8 kilometres of Acheux. There are now 180 First World War burials in the cemetery. The cemetery was designed by Noel Ackroyd Rew.

Casualty Details: UK 179, Canada 1, Total Burials: 180

     
Shot at Dawn: 14387 Private William Barry Nelson of the 14th Bn. Durham Light Infantry, executed for desertion on 11/08/1916, aged 22 and is buried in plot I. B. 18.

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.

 

 

 

 

 

The cemetery in the early 1920's

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

32185 Private

Lawrence John Victor Greygoose

9th Bn. Essex Regiment

12/05/1918, aged 21.

Native of Abridge, Essex. Son of Alfred and Annie Greygoose, of 44, Eastfield Road., Enfield Wash, Middx. His brother Leo Eric Greygoose also fell.

Plot I. C. 23.

 

Picture courtesy of Patrick Horgan

 

 

Cleaning 12-inch shells, near Acheux, July 1916.

IWM (Q 877)