DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY
Pas de Calais
General Directions: Duisans and Etrun are villages in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, about 9 kilometres west of Arras. The Cemetery lies in Etrun but takes its name from the nearer village of Duisans.
It is one kilometre north of Duisans on the D339 road off the Route nationale N39 (Arras-St Pol), in the angle of the Arras Habarcq road and a track leading to Haute-Avesnes.
The area around Duisans was occupied by Commonwealth forces from March 1916, but it was not until February 1917 that the site of this cemetery was selected for the 8th Casualty Clearing Station. The first burials took place in March and from the beginning of April the cemetery grew very quickly, with burials being made from the 8th Casualty Clearing Station (until April 1918), the 19th (until March 1918), and the 41st (until July 1917). Most of the graves relate to the Battles of Arras in 1917, and the trench warfare that followed. From May to August 1918, the cemetery was used by divisions and smaller fighting units for burials from the front line. In the Autumn of 1918 the 23rd, 1st Canadian and 4th Canadian Clearing Stations remained at Duisans for two months, and the 7th was there from November 1918 to November 1920.
There are now 3,205 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated at Duisans British Cemetery. There are also 88 German war graves. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.
Shot at Dawn: 7674 Corporal James Reid, 6th Bn. Cameron Highlanders, executed for desertion 11/05/1918, aged 26. Plot V. G. 46.
The mass pardon of 306 British Empire soldiers executed for certain offences during the Great War was enacted in section 359 of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which came into effect on royal assent on 8 November 2006.
Casualty Details: UK 2865, Canada 320, Australia 7, New Zealand 7, South Africa 5, India 3, Germany 83, Total Burials: 3207
James Barker Bradford, MC.
"C" Coy. 18th Bn. Durham Light Infantry
14/05/1917, aged 27.
Son of Mrs. Bradford, of Milbanke, Ravenlea Rd., Folkestone, and the late George Bradford; husband of Annie Bradford.
Plot IV. G. 33.
His brother, Roland Boys Bradford, VC., was also killed and is buried at Hermies British Cemetery
4th Bn. Bedfordshire Regiment
15/05/1917, aged 37.
Husband of Mary E. Scotney, of High St., Elton, Peterborough.
Plot IV. G. 42.
He was born on 4th August 1881 in Nassington, Northamptonshire, so was 35 years old when he died (not 37 as stated in official records). He was the husband of Mary Elizabeth Scotney of Elton, Huntingdonshire and the father of 4 daughters at the time of his death. My mother Annie Elizabeth Scotney was born in Elton on 24th June 1917, 5 weeks after William's death.
Picture courtesy of grandson, Ian Blackwell
Gilbert Aberdein Harvey
Royal Army Medical Corps attd.
1st Bn. King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment)
25/11/1917, aged 31.
Son of James and Maud Harvey, of Adelaide, South Australia; husband of Elspeth M. Dudgeon (formerly Harvey).
Plot VI. D. 57.
(Above right) - Studio portrait of Captain (Capt) Gilbert Aberdein Harvey and Elspeth Young on their wedding day. A doctor from Adelaide, SA, he enlisted with British Forces in 1917 and served with the Royal Army Medical Corps attached to 1st Battalion King's Own (Royal Lancaster) Regiment. On 29 September 1917, whilst on leave in Cornwall, he married Elspeth Young. On 25 November 1917, less than two months after his marriage, Capt Harvey was killed in action in France.
The following pictures courtesy and copyright of Gerard Seddon
(Not to be reproduced without permission)
All of these photographs were taken in the mid 1920's, they show Duisans British Cemetery and a family relaxing within.
Ged Seddon's grandmother was the nanny for this family and the photographs have now found their way into his possession.
The following two pictures courtesy of Liz Williams
These pictures were discovered as undeveloped photos taken by my grandfather John Yelland Hooper whilst serving in Duisans France , obviously taken prior to graves being taken over by the CWGC. Lieut. O Mowatt died 22 april 1917
I have tried to contact any living relatives of Osmond Mowatt without success.