CROUY BRITISH CEMETERY

Crouy-sur-Somme

Somme

France

 

General Directions: Crouy is a village about 16 kilometres north-west of Amiens on the west side of the River Somme, on the Amiens-Abbeville main road. The British Cemetery is a little south of the village on the west side of the road to Cavillon and there is a Commonwealth War Graves Commission signpost on the main road.

The cemetery was used between April and August 1918 for burials from the 5th and 47th Casualty Clearing Stations, which had come to the village because of the German advance.

In October 1919, 42 graves were brought to Crouy from the small military cemetery at Riviere, a few kilometres away to the north-west. These burials had been made from the 12th, 53rd and 55th Casualty Clearing Stations at Longpre-les-Corps Saints between May and August 1918. They now occupy rows E and F of plot IV and part of row D, plot VI.

The cemetery now contains 739 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, and a number of French and German war graves.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield

Victoria Cross: 823028 Corporal Henry (Harry) Garnet Bedford Miner, VC, Croix de Guerre (France), 58th Bn. Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment). 08/08/1918, aged 28. Plot V. B. 2. Croix de Guerre (France). Son of John and Sarah Orpha Miner.

Citation: An extract taken from the London Gazette dated 25th Oct., 1918, records the following : "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty in attack, when despite severe wounds he refused to withdraw. He rushed an enemy machine-gun post single-handed, killed the entire crew and turned the gun on the enemy. Later, with two others, he attacked another enemy machine-gun post, and succeeded in putting the gun out of action. Cpl. Miner then rushed single-handed an enemy bombing post, bayoneting two of the garrison and putting the remainder to flight. He was mortally wounded in the performance of this gallant deed."

 

Casualty Details: UK 281, Canada 179, Australia 276, India 2, Unidentified 1, Germany 39, France 6, Total Burials: 784

 

 

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