BERTRANCOURT MILITARY CEMETERY

Bertrancourt

Somme

France

 

General Directions: Bertrancourt is a village in the Department of the Somme. Using the D919 from Arras to Amiens you will drive through the villages of Bucquoy, Puisieux, Serre-les-Puisieux and then Mailly-Maillet (approximately 25 kilometres south of Arras). On leaving Mailly-Maillet, 100 metres further along the D919, turn left following the signs for Bertrancourt village (approximately 3 kilometres). On arrival at Bertrancourt take the first turning left and continue for 300 metres. A signpost will be seen which will direct you right onto a small lane which continues straight to Bertrancourt Military Cemetery.

The cemetery was used by field ambulances in 1916 and 1917 and again by corps and divisional burial parties in the critical months of June, July and August 1918, when German advances brought the front line to within 8 kilometres of Bertrancourt. Many of the graves here are of Lancashire and Yorkshire regiments.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Shot at Dawn: L/11710 Private, Thomas Alfred Ansted, 4th Bn. Royal Fusiliers, executed for desertion, 15/11/1916, aged 29. Plot 1. J. 12. Son of Mary Ann and the late Henry John Ansted, of 9, Wood End Cottages, Northolt, Middlesex.

Shot at Dawn: 27555 Private, John Taylor, 15th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers, executed for desertion, 27/01/1917. Plot  2. A. 15. Husband of Gertrude Taylor, of 24, Mount St., Hulme, Manchester.

Shot at Dawn: 12384 Private, Alexander Reid, 16th Bn. Highland Light Infantry, executed for desertion, 31/01/1917, aged 30.  Plot 2. A. 17.

Shot at Dawn: 251482 Private, William Murphey, 1st/5th Bn. Royal Scots, executed for desertion, 07/02/1917. Plot  2. A. 19.

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 388, Canada 2, New Zealand 26, Germany 3, Total Burials: 419

16043 Private

Arthur Nutter

"B" Coy. 11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

17/06/1916, aged 23.

Plot 1. C. 12.

Son of Albert and Elizabeth Ellen Nutter, of Burnley.

24175 Private

Frederick Roberts

11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

22/06/1916, aged 22.

Plot 1. B. 16.

Son of Thomas and Ellen Roberts, of Blackburn.

15760 Private

James Edward Heys

11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

26/06/1916, aged 35

Plot 1. D. 18.

Native of Burnley, Lancs.

 

8545 Serjeant

Arthur Bowes

8th Bn. King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)

13/11/1916, aged 29.

Plot 1. K. 4.

Husband of Mary Bowes, of 41, Parker Lane, Burnley.

241103 Private

Arthur Edmondson

1st/5th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

08/06/1918, aged 27.

Son of James and Sarah Ann Edmondson, of Harle Syke, Burnley, Lancs.

Lived at Queen Street, Harle Syke, Burnley and worked at Queen Street Mill as a weaver.

Plot 2. C. 20.

8198 Private

Albert Greenwood

12th Field Amb. Royal Army Medical Corps.

01/07/1916, aged 19.

Son of Joseph and Sarah A. Greenwood, of 80 Peart Street, Burnley, Lancs.

Plot 1. G. 19.

18037 Private

Ernest Kenyon

11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

23/06/1916, aged 37.

Husband of Mrs. Kenyon, of 493, Manchester Road, Baxenden, Accrington.

Plot 1. A. 13.

 

15932 Private

Frank Fawcett

11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

23/06/1916

Plot 1. A. 14.

Captain

Hugh Dart

13th Bn. York and Lancaster Regiment

01/07/1916, aged 34.

Son of Richard and Ellen Dart, of Liverpool. M.A. (Cantab.).

Plot 1. E. 15.

 

 

L/17777 Gunner

John Riding

"Z" 31st Trench Mortar Bty.

Royal Field Artillery

29/06/1916, aged 36.

Brother of Mr. J. Riding, of 153, Downham Street. Blackburn.

Plot 1. E. 7.

 

Formerly employed on the South Lancashire Tramways, prior to enlisting he was working as a Driver for Burnley Tramways. He lived at 25 Kyan Street, Burnley.

15984 Serjeant

William Duckworth

11th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

20/06/1916, aged 20.

Son of Edward and Sarah Duckworth, of Oswaldtwistle, nr. Accrington.

Plot 1. C. 13.

 

 

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