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
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.
The mass pardon of 306 British
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
13th Bn. Royal Fusiliers Killed in action:
Son of Alfred and Martha Thomas, of Acton;
husband of Edith Grace Tucker (formerly Thomas), of 6, Long Drive, East
Plot: III. G. 22.
Picture kindly supplied
by his grandson Michael Thomas
38419 Lance Corporal
Wilfred Edwin Price
2nd/6th Bn. Gloucestershire Regiment.
Son of Elsie Price, of Leytonstone; husband of
Amy Rosina Price, of "The Glen," 2, Glengarry Rd., Dulwich, London.
Plot: V. C. 42
Picture kindly supplied by his grandson Reg Ritchie of
"B" Coy. 8th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders
24/04/1917, aged 22.
Son of Charles and Margaret Thompson, of Mount of Glosat, Milton of
Plot IV. C. 35.
Picture courtesy of his Great nephew, Alfred Kelly, Bonnybridge,
8th Bn. East
Son of William
and Elizabeth Palframan
Plot I. Q. 10.
courtesy of Sarah Beaumont
Plot VI. C. 14.
courtesy of Geoff Mayer
9th Bn. Duke of
Son of William
and Ellen Wilde, of 33, Haigh St., Greetland, Halifax, Yorks.
Plot II. M. 16.
Wounded in the
early hours of 25/4/17 when the Battalion attacked Bayonet and Rifle trenches between Monchy and Rouex.
courtesy of Tim Thurlow
Lloyd Key MM & Bar
Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regt)
Son of Charles
& Jessie Key and younger brother of Jessie Ann Key of Perdue, Saskatchewan,
Canada and formerly of Portskewett, Monmouthshire, Wales.
Plot VII. A.
courtesy of great niece, Sue Seldon
Harry Alfred Underhill
Canadian Machine Gun Corps.
Son of Harry
and Emily Underhill, of 78, Hillsdale Avenue, Toronto, Canada.
Plot VI. H. 49.
courtesy of great, great niece, Lisa Sharp
Ernest Tudor Edwards
"D" Coy. 2nd Bn. Royal
06/06/1917, aged 36.
Son of John and Jane
Elizabeth Edwards, of Carnarvon; husband of Martha Ann Edwards, of
83, Iona St., Leith, Edinburgh.
Plot IV. F. 24.
1st/5th Bn. The Loyal
North Lancashire Regiment
28/03/1919, aged 23.
Husband of Olivia M.
Dearnaley, of 35, Parkinson St., Burnley.
Plot VII. C. 24.
Died of Pneumonia
Frederick John Cheek,
"V 15th" Trench Mortar
Son of W. Cheek, of
44, Hertford Rd., East Finchley.
Plot I. N. 11.
courtesy of great nephew, David Done
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
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.
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