BELLACOURT MILITARY CEMETERY
Pas de Calais
General Directions: Bellacourt is a village in the commune of Riviere, in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 10 kilometres south-west of Arras. Visitors should take the N25, Arras to Doullens main road, as far as Beaumetz les Loges. Take the D34 to Riviere, fork right onto the D7, still in the direction of Riviere, and then turn left to the cemetery as indicated by the CWGC sign.
The cemetery was begun by French troops in October 1914, and carried
on by the 46th (North Midland), 55th (West Lancashire), 58th (London), 49th
(West Riding) and other Divisions, and later by the Canadian Corps, from
February 1916, to September 1918; and the French plot was increased in 1923
by concentrations from other cemeteries. The 16 American graves of July and
August, 1918 (all but one of which belonged to the 320th Regiment) have been
removed to another place of burial.
Shot at Dawn: 62218 Private L. De Lisle, 22nd Bn. Canadian Infantry, executed for desertion 21/05/1918. Plot 2. J. 6.
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.
Casualty Details: UK 259, Canada 173, Germany 1, France 116, Total Burials: 549
Images: Colin Ellender