BIENVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY

Bienvillers

Pas de Calais

France

 

General Directions: Bienvillers is a large village in the department of the Pas de Calais 18 kilometres south-west of Arras. The Military Cemetery is just beyond the village on the south road leading to Souastre (D2). A CWGC signpost indicating directions to the site is situated on the village square. 

Bienvillers Military Cemetery was begun in September 1915 by the 37th Division, carried on by other Divisions in the line until March 1917, reopened from March to September 1918, when the village was again near the front line, and completed in 1922-24 when a number of graves, mainly of 1916, were brought in from the battlefields of the Ancre. Its twenty-one plots show a remarkable alternation of original burials in regimental or divisional groups, and groups of concentrated graves.

The cemetery now contains 1,605 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 425 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to two casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

The 16 Second World War burials all date from the early months of the war, before the German invasion in May 1940 forced the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from France.

The cemetery was designed by Charles Henry Holden & George Hartley Goldsmith
 

 

Victoria Cross: Lieutenant Colonel Walter Lorrain Brodie, VC, MC, 2nd Bn. Highland Light Infantry, killed in action 23/08/1918, aged 34. Plot XVIII. F. 15. Son of John Wilson Brodie, of 23, Belgrave Crescent, Edinburgh; husband of Grace Mary Brodie.

Citation: An extract from the "London Gazette," No. 29005, dated 12th Dec., 1914, records the following:-"For conspicuous gallantry near Becelaere on the 11th November, in clearing the enemy out of a portion of our trenches which they had succeeded in occupying. Heading the charge, he bayoneted several of the enemy, and thereby relieved a dangerous situation. As a result of Lt. Brodie's promptitude, 80 of the enemy were killed and 51 taken prisoners."

Casualty Details: UK 1567, Canada 3, Australia 25, New Zealand 9, South Africa 1, Germany 1, Total Burials: 1606

 

Original Graves Registration Unit (GRU) grave cross which marked the place of burial of (43101) Gunner Reginald William Miller (190th Brigade H.Q, Royal Field Artillery), who was killed in action on 2 April 1918. The cross which was improvised from fence wood is complete with the deceased's stencilled name and metal strip number tag. At the time of his death Gunner Miller was aged 19. His remains are now buried in Bienvillers Military Cemetery

IWM (EPH 8612)

 

 

 

 

L/17147 Bombardier

John Linney

31st Div. Ammunition Column

Royal Field Artillery

31/05/1918, aged 30

Son of John and Mary Ann Linney, of 51, Bury St., Salford, Manchester.

Plot XIX. C. 13.

 

Picture courtesy of Simon Lucas, Great nephew of this soldier

 

 

9543 Private

George W. Green

2nd Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment

13/07/1918.

Plot XVIII. C. 3.

 

Picture courtesy of William Carless

 

 

 

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