BROWN'S COPSE CEMETERY

Roeux

Pas de Calais

France

 

General Directions: Roeux is a village about 8 kilometres east of Arras. Brown's Copse Cemetery is about one kilometre north-west of Roeux on the eastern outskirts of the neighbouring village of Fampoux. It is signposted from Fampoux village.

Roeux was built over a system of caves which helped to make its capture in 1917 exceptionally difficult. It was attacked by the 9th (Scottish) Division without success on 12 April. The chemical works close to the railway station were taken by the 51st (Highland) Division on 22 April and after incessant fighting, the village was cleared by the same Division on 14 May. The chemical works were lost again and retaken on 16 May. The Germans re-entered the village at the end of March 1918, and it was finally retaken by the 51st Division on the following 26 August.

The cemetery is named from a small copse (the Bois Rossignol) on the east side. Plots I to IV are composed almost entirely of graves cleared from the battlefield in the summer of 1917. Plots V to VIII were made after the Armistice when 850 graves were brought in from a wide area north and east of Arras.

The following were the only considerable burial grounds from which British graves were taken to Brown's Copse Cemetery:-

SEAFORTH CEMETERY, ROEUX, North-East side of the road from the village to the station, where 18 soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried in April, 1917, and 21 of the 6th Seaforths in August and September, 1918.

VITRY-EN-ARTOIS COMMUNAL CEMETERY and GERMAN EXTENSION, in which 17 soldiers from the United Kingdom (mainly officers of the Royal Flying Corps) were buried by the enemy.

The cemetery now contains 2,069 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 859 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to eight casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials commemorate two casualties buried in Vitry-en-Artois Communal Cemetery German Extension, whose graves could not be found.

The cemetery was designed by
Sir Edwin Lutyens.

 

Victoria Cross: Lieutenant Donald Mackintosh, VC, 3rd Bn. Seaforth Highlanders, killed in action 11/04/1917, Plot II. C. 49.

Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 8th June, 1917, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery and resolution in the face of intense machine gun fire. During the initial advance he was shot through the right leg, but though crippled he continued to lead his men and captured the trench. In the captured trench Lt. Mackintosh collected men of another company who had lost their leader, and drove back a counter-attack. He was again wounded, and although unable to stand, he continued, nevertheless, to control the situation. With only fifteen men left, he ordered his party to be ready to advance to the final objective, and with great difficulty got out of the trench and encouraged his men to advance. He was again wounded and fell. The gallantry and devotion to duty of this officer were beyond all praise."

Casualty Details: UK 1936, Canada 2 , South Africa 130, Total Burials: 2068

 

 

 

 

Picture courtesy of Keith Burroughs, great nephew of this soldier

46573 Private

Albert Burroughs

1st/5th Bn.

York and Lancaster Regiment

24/09/1918, aged 19.

Son of Mary Ellen Burroughs, of 35, Rockley Street, Walton, Liverpool, and the late William John Burroughs.

 Plot VII. G. 25

His elder brother William John Burroughs served with the Lancashire Hussars and survived the war.  He married and had a son who he named Albert after him.

 

Picture courtesy of Susan Foulkes, (nee Burroughs) great niece of this soldier

Pictures courtesy of Kathleen Birney

19988 Corporal

James Murphy

1st Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers

11/04/1917, aged 28.

Husband of B Murphy.

Plot I. F. 3.

 

Honoured by his Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, great-great grandchildren and great- great- great grandchildren
RIP


 

 

 

 

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