ECOIVRES MILITARY CEMETERY
Pas de Calais
General Directions: Mont St Eloi is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 8 kilometres north-west of Arras. Ecoivres is a hamlet lying at the foot of the hill, to the south-west and about 1.5 kilometres from Mont St Eloi. The Cemetery is on the D49 road.
This cemetery is really the extension of the communal cemetery, where the French army had buried over 1000 men. The 46th (North Midland) Division took over the extension with this part of the line in March 1916, and their graves are in Rows A to F of Plot I. Successive divisions used the French military tramway to bring their dead in from the front line trenches and, from the first row to the last, burials were made almost exactly in the order of date of death. The attack of the 25th Division on Vimy Ridge in May 1916 is recalled in Plots I and II. The 47th (London) Division burials (July to October 1916) are in Plot III, Rows A to H, and Canadian graves are an overwhelming majority in the rest of the cemetery, Plots V and VI containing the graves of men killed in the capture of Vimy Ridge in April 1917 After the Armistice, the graves of eight men of the 51st (Highland) Division were brought in to Plot VIII, Row A, from nearby Bray Military Cemetery.
Shot at Dawn: 13857 Lance Corporal J Holland, 10th Bn. Cheshire Regiment, executed for cowardice on 30/05/16. Plot 2. E. 17.
Shot at Dawn: 416008 Private E Perry 22nd Bn. Canadian Expeditionary Force, executed for desertion on 11/04/1917. Plot 6. C. 7.
Shot at Dawn: 830020 Private D Sinizki, 52nd Bn. Canadian Expeditionary Force, executed for cowardice on 09/10/1917. Plot 6. K. 19.
Shot at Dawn: 285031 Private M. R. Richmond, 1st/6th Gordon Highlanders, executed for desertion on 26/05/1918. Plot 5. L. 8.
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 888, Canada 830, Australia 2, South Africa 4, Germany 4, France 787, Total Burials: 2515
Robert (Bob) William Pedley
17th Bn. (Stepney & Poplar Rifles) London Regiment.
14/09/1916, aged 18.
Plot III. G. I.
Rifleman Bob Pedley was killed when his unit, the Stepney and Poplar Rifles (17th Bn. the London Rifle Brigade) attacked High Wood during the later phases of the Battle of the Somme, in 1916.Most of this Battalion were wiped out by German machine gun fire.
An uncle I never knew and a brother my late father scarcely knew, Bob Pedley was one of 11 children of the East End family of William and Charlotte Pedley.
Picture courtesy of his nephew, Graham Pedley
John S. Henderson
42nd Bn. Canadian Infantry,
30/01/1917, aged 19.
Son of James and Eliza Henderson, of Westville, Nova Scotia.
Plot IV. C. 3.
Picture courtesy of Paul Henderson
Kenneth Archibald Campbell
42nd Bn. Canadian Infantry
23/01/1917, aged 24.
(of the house of Barcaldine). Son of George Douglas Campbell and Kate Glidden Campbell. Native of North Weymouth, Nova Scotia.
Plot IV. B. 19.
"On or about Jan. 25, 1917 at 0715 it was reported to Campbell as officer on duty that a man had been killed by a sniper. Campbell went to the place and looked over the parapet in the direction from which the shot came, and was killed instantaneously. It was at Cornman Crater Post, opposite Vimy. I was in the centre on duty, he was to the right."
Eye witness Private Neville
Picture courtesy of great nephew, Ian M. Campbell