FILLIEVRES BRITISH CEMETERY

Fillievres

Pas de Calais

France

 

General Directions: Fillievres is a village about 44 kilometres west of Arras and 14 kilometres south-west of St Pol. The Cemetery is about 1 kilometre south of the village, on the road to Frevent (D340).

This cemetery was begun in June 1918 by the 46th Casualty Clearing station, used later by 6th Stationary Hospital, and subsequently completed by the inclusion of graves from French cemeteries and German burial grounds in the area. The cemetery was used again during the Second World War.

Victoria Cross:

Lieutenant, Edward Felix, Baxter, VC, of the 1st/8th Bn King's (Liverpool) Regiment, he was killed on 18/4/1916 aged 30 years and is buried in A.10., Son of Charles and Beatrice Baxter, of Hartlebury, Worcestershire; husband of Leonora M. Gray (formerly Baxter), of 10, Bungalow, R.A.F., Uxbridge.

Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette," dated 26th Sept., 1916, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery. Prior to a raid on the hostile line he was engaged during two nights in cutting wire close to the enemy's trenches. The enemy could be heard on the other side of the parapet. Second Lieutenant Baxter, while assisting in the wire cutting, held a bomb in his hand with the pin withdrawn ready to throw. On one occasion the bomb slipped and fell to the ground, but he instantly picked it up, unscrewed the base plug, and took out the detonator, which he smothered in the ground, thereby preventing the alarm being given, and undoubtedly saving many casualties. Later, he led the left storming party with the greatest gallantry, and was the first man into the trench shooting the sentry with his revolver. He then assisted to bomb dug-outs, and finally climbed out of the trench and assisted the last man over the parapet. After this he was not seen again, though search parties went out at once to look for him. There seems no doubt that he lost his life in his great devotion to duty."

Casualty Details: UK 79, Canada 1, New Zealand 1, Total Burials: 81

 

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