DOMINION CEMETERY

Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt

Pas de Calais

France 

 

General Directions: Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt is 16 kilometres south-east of Arras and 4 kilometres south of the Arras-Cambrai main road. Dominion Cemetery is 2.5 kilometres north-east of Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt, in fields reached by a track signposted off the road (the D956) between Hendecourt and the main Arras to Cambrai road (the D939).

Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt was captured by the 57th (West Lancashire) and 52nd (Lowland) Division on the night of the 1st-2nd September, 1918.

Dominion Cemetery was made by Canadian units in September, 1918, after the storming by the Canadian Corps of the Drocourt-Queant Line; IMPERIAL CEMETERY, to the West of the village, has now been removed to H.A.C. Cemetery, Ecoust-St. Mein. The grave of one Canadian airman was brought in after the Armistice from an isolated position some kilometres to the East.

There are now over 200, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, a small number are unidentified and a special memorial is erected to a Canadian soldier believed to be buried among them.

The cemetery covers an area of 818 square metres and is enclosed by a flint and rubble wall.

Victoria Cross: 426402 Sergeant Arthur George Knight, VC. 10th Bn. Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment), died of wounds 03/09/1918, aged 32.  Plot I. F. 15. Croix de Guerre (France). Native of Haywards Heath, Sussex.

Citation: An extract from the "London Gazette," No. 31012, dated 12th Nov., 1918, records the following :- "For most conspicuous bravery, initiative, and devotion to duty when, after an unsuccessful attack, Serjt. Knight led a bombing section forward, under very heavy fire of all descriptions, and engaged the enemy at close quarters. Seeing that his party continued to be held up, he dashed forward alone, bayoneting several of the enemy machine-gunners and trench-mortar crews, and forcing the remainder to retire in confusion. He then brought forward a Lewis gun and directed his fire on the retreating enemy, inflicting many casualties. In the subsequent advance of his platoon in pursuit, Serjt. Knight saw a party of about thirty of the enemy go into a deep tunnel which led off the trench. He again dashed forward alone, and, having killed one officer and two N.C.O.s., captured twenty other ranks. Subsequently he routed, single-handed, another enemy party which was opposing the advance of his platoon. On each occasion he displayed the greatest valour under fire at very close range, and by his example of courage, gallantry and initiative was a wonderful inspiration to all. This very gallant N.C.O. was subsequently fatally wounded."

Casualty Details: UK 17, Canada 214, Total Burials: 231

 

 

 

   

426604 Private

Thomas Smith

16th Bn. (Manitoba Regiment) Canadian Infantry (Canadian Scottish).

 02/09/1918, aged 23.

Son of Mrs Mercy Smith of 4115 Welwyn Street, Vancouver, British Columbia.

Plot I. C. 3.

 

Pte. Smith was a direct descendant of one Sgt. Robert Perry, late of Major Jessup's Rangers as a United Empire Loyalist during the American War of Independence. He is therefore entitled to the post-nominal of UE. He was killed during the Second Battle of Arras in the assault on the Drocourt-Queant Line on September 2, 1918.

 

Photo courtesy Ron Smith

154641 Private

James Ard Patrick Bell

15th Bn. Canadian Infantry

(48th Highlanders of Canada)

01/09/1918, aged 28.

Son of William Bell, of Welwyn, Saskatchewan.

Plot I. E. 12.

 

Picture courtesy of great nephew, Richard Davies, Victoria, BC, Canada

 

   

 

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