BETHUNE TOWN CEMETERY

Bethune

Pas de Calais

France

 

General Directions: Bethune is 29 kilometres north of Arras. From the town centre of Bethune, turn right in front of the Tribunal and second right at the bottom of the road down to the cul-de-sac where the cemetery will be found.

For much of the First World War, Bethune was comparatively free from bombardment and remained an important railway and hospital centre, as well as a corps and divisional headquarters. The 33rd Casualty Clearing Station was in the town until December 1917. Early in 1918, Bethune began to suffer from constant shell fire and in April 1918, German forces reached Locon, five kilometres to the north. The bombardment of 21 May did great damage to the town and it was not till October that pressure from the Germans was relaxed. Buried within this cemetery are 26 men of the 1st/8th Manchester Regiment who were killed by a bomb on 22 December 1917 while marching to rest billets. Second World War burials number 19, 2 being unidentified. There are also 122 French and 87 German war graves, 38 of the German burials are unidentified.

The Commonwealth section of Bethune Town Cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens & George Hartley Goldsmith

Victoria Cross: Lieutenant Frank Alexander De Pass, VC. Mentioned in Despatches, 34th Prince Albert Victor's Own Poona Horse, killed in action 25/11/1914 aged 27. Plot I. A. 24. Born on 26 April 1887 to Eliot and Beatrice de Pass of Kensington, London.

Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 29074, dated 16th Feb., 1915, records the following:-"For conspicuous bravery near Festubert on the 24th November, in entering a German sap and destroying a traverse in the face of the enemy's bombs, and for subsequently rescuing, under heavy fire, a wounded man who was lying exposed in the open."

Shot at Dawn: 11967 Private R. Morgan, 2nd Bn. Welsh Regiment, executed for murder 15/02/1915. Plot IV. A. 17.

Shot at Dawn: 12942 Lance Corporal W. Price, 2nd Bn. Welsh Regiment, executed for murder 15/02/1915. Plot IV. A. 18.

Shot at Dawn: 20101 Private E. Bryant, 10th Bn. Cheshire Regiment, executed for desertion 27/10/1917. Plot VI. H. 3.

Casualty Details: UK 2923, Canada 55, India 26, Germany 87, France 122, Total Burials: 3295

 

 

A seriously wounded soldier of the Black Watch receiving basic treatment at a dressing station near Bethune, France, April 1918.

IWM (Q 11577)

 

 

50363 Private

Albert Hector Holman

9th Bn. Suffolk Regiment

23/04/1917, aged 28.

Husband of Ethel Holman, of 45, Milner St., Burnley.

Plot VI. D. 65.

16933 Private

Thomas Albert Butterworth

10th Bn. Cameronians

(Scottish Rifles)

11/06/1916, aged 24.

Son of Joseph Ernest and Sarah Emily Butterworth, of 13, Cliffe St., Nelson; husband of Maria Butterworth, of 10, Crowther St., Nelson, Lancs. Native of Dalton-in-Furness, Lancs.

Plot V. E. 16.

 

155926 Lance Corporal

James Tighe

170th Tunnelling Coy.

Royal Engineers

25/07/1917, aged 22.

Son of Michael and Maria Tighe, of 39, Lyndhurst Rd., Burnley. His brother John Tighe also fell a fortnight later. He is buried at Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery

Plot VI. F. 57.

Formerly 17588 Scottish Rifles, received serious gunshot wounds on 24/7/17 and died the following day in hospital.

17332 Private

George Tipping

9th Bn. Cameronians

(Scottish Rifles)

22/09/1915, aged 20.

Son of Lawrence and Alice Tipping, of 36, Guy St., Padiham, Lancs.

Plot IV. D. 83.

       

50376 Private

James O'Brien

9th Bn. Suffolk Regiment

23/03/1917

Resided at 40 Hargreaves Street, Colne.

Plot VI. C. 26.

7331 Corporal

John George Jones, M. I. D.

2nd Bn. South Lancashire Regiment

15/10/1914, aged 29.

Husband of H. E. Armstrong (formerly Jones), of 24, Prince St., Haworth Brow, Keighley.

Plot I. D. 22.

 

Native of Scarborough, Yorkshire, he had lived in Burnley since the age of six.

4828 Corporal

John Bentham

2nd Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

30/07/1916, aged 22.

Son of John and Elizabeth Bentham, of 52, Esp Lane, Barnoldswick, Yorks.

Plot V. G. 58.

240837 Private

Michael Boyle

2nd/5th Bn. East Lancashire Regiment

09/06/1917, aged 19.

Plot VI. E. 78.

Son of Mr and Mrs Boyle, 27, Master Street, Burnley.

 

Formerly a weaver at Messrs. Browning's Turf Street Shed, Burnley. He was hit by shrapnel and badly wounded in the back and forearm on 01/06/17, he died of his wounds 8 days later in hospital.

       

2282 Private

Alexander (Sandy) Burrows

2nd Bn. Coldstream Guards

18/03/1915, aged 33.

Son of the late Richard and Margaret Burrows, of Burnley; husband of M. E. Burrows, of 22, Prestwich St., Burnley, Lancs.

Plot IV. A. 79.

 

Prior to enlisting he was the licensee of the Cross Gates Inn, Finsley Gate, Burnley. The Inn did not survive the war, it was closed in 1915 and compensation paid for the licence. The building remained empty until demolished in 1953.

22276 Private

Albert Graham

10th Bn. Cameronians

(Scottish Rifles)

17/05/1916, aged 20.

Son of John and Agnes Alice Graham, of 29, Tunnel St., Burnley.

Plot V. C. 77.

   

 

 

10125 Private

Joseph Hateley

1st Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment

20/05/1915, aged 33.

Son of Joseph Henry and Anne Hateley, of Walsall, Staffs.;

husband of Gertrude Fallon (formerly Hateley), of 24, Chester St., Liverpool.

Plot IV. C. 23.

 

Joseph was a caster by trade and formerly employed by Messrs. Mason and Burns, Pleck Road Walsall.

He died of wounds on 20/05/1915 through loss of blood, his arm having been blown off by a shell.

 

Picture courtesy of Carol Davey, great Granddaughter of this soldier

 

701294 Private

Richard Henry Arnold

16th Bn. Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)

27/02/1917, aged 20.

Son of Mr. J. W. Arnold, of Hyas, Saskatchewan.

Plot VI. B. 78.

 

Picture courtesy of Marilyn Arnold Wilkie, niece of this soldier.

 

 

Second Lieutenant

Henry Alexander Birkby

5th Bn. Royal Berkshire Regiment

20/04/1916, aged 26.

Plot III. K. 5.

 

Picture courtesy of great, great nephew, Mark Galvin

 

2719 Corporal

Joseph Stanislaus Maley

"B" Coy. 9th (Glasgow Hds.) Bn.

Highland Light Infantry

17/05/1915, aged 22.

Plot III. D. 21.

 

Son of Thomas E. Maley and Elizabeth Maley of 66, Wilton St. Glasgow. Known as Josie to his family and friends. Died of wounds 17/05/1915 aged 22 at the battle of Festubert.

Josie's memory was kept alive by his family and he was never forgotten by his three younger sisters. In later years this photograph always had pride of place in the home of one of them; my late mother.

R.I.P

Picture courtesy of Dorothy Quail (niece)

 

30673 Private

Harry Jones

1st Bn. Welsh Regiment

04/10/1915

Born Liverpool, residence Caerphilly, Glam.

Plot IV. E. 83.

 

Picture courtesy of Joe Jones

 

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