FOUQUESCOURT BRITISH CEMETERY

Fouquescourt

Somme

France

 

General Directions: Fouquescourt is a village 35 kilometres east of Amiens and 8 kilometres due north of Roye. The British Cemetery is a little north of the village on the east side of the road to Maucourt.

Fouquescourt village was captured by the 10th Canadian Infantry Brigade on 10 August 1918.

Fouquescourt British Cemetery was made after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields in a wide area round the village and other burial grounds, including:-

ARVILLERS COMMUNAL CEMETERY, which contained one unidentified British soldier.

ASSEVILLERS MILITARY CEMETERY, on the West side of the village, begun by the French (who captured the place in 1916), which contained the graves of ten soldiers and one Royal Marine gunner from the United Kingdom, two soldiers from South Africa and one from Australia.

BEAUFORT CHURCHYARD, which contained one British burial of March, 1918.

BELLOY-EN-SANTERRE COMMUNAL CEMETERY FRENCH EXTENSIONS, which were two in number, containing respectively the graves of four and eleven soldiers from the United Kingdom. The village was captured by the Foreign Legion in July, 1916, and the British graves were made in 1916 and 1917.

CAPPY FRENCH MILITARY CEMETERY, which was an Extension of the Communal Cemetery North of the village of Cappy, and was used both by French and by German troops. It contained the graves of 590 French soldiers, 213 German, 16 from the United Kingdom and 13 from Australia. The British graves were made in 1915 and 1918.

CHAULNES COMMUNAL CEMETERY GERMAN EXTENSION (known as the New Military Cemetery by the Railway Station), which contained the graves of 201 German soldiers and three from the United Kingdom who fell in April and May, 1918.

ESTREES-DENIECOURT MILITARY CEMETERY, at the West end of the village, which contained the grave of one soldier from the United Kingdom.

MEHARICOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION, on the North side of the Communal Cemetery, which contained the graves of nine soldiers from the United Kingdom who fell in February and March, 1917, and 225 French soldiers.

The cemetery contains 376 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 130 of the burials are unidentified but there is a special memorial to one casualty believed to be buried among them, and to five others buried by the Germans whose graves could not be found. The date of death in the great majority of cases is February or March 1917, or March, April or August 1918, but a few graves of 1915 will be found in Plots I and III.

 

This image courtesy of Nicholas Philpot

 

 

Victoria Cross: Lieutenant, James Edward TAIT, VC, MC, of the 78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment), he was killed on the 11th August 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on a special memorial in the cemetery.

Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette", dated 24th Sept., 1918, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery and initiative in attack. The advance having been checked by intense machine-gun fire, Lt. Tait rallied his company and led it forward with consummate skill and dash under a hail of bullets. A concealed machine gun, however, continued to cause many casualties. Taking a rifle and bayonet, Lt. Tait dashed forward alone and killed the enemy gunner. Inspired by his example his men rushed the position, capturing twelve machine guns and twenty prisoners. His valorous action cleared the way for his battalion to advance. Later, when the enemy counter-attacked our positions under intense artillery bombardment, this gallant officer displayed outstanding courage and leadership, and, though mortally wounded by a shell, continued to aid and direct his men until his death."

Casualty Details: UK 187, Canada 138, Australia 49, South Africa 2, Total Burials: 376

25008 Private

Thomas McBrine

7th/8th Bn. Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers

31/03/1918, aged 26.

Son of Thomas and Mary McBrine, of Stralongford, Irvinestown, Co. Fermanagh.

Plot II. BB. 10.

 

Picture courtesy of Patricia Weir, great, great niece

57811 Private

Hedley Alfred Bird

16th Bn. Cheshire Regiment

03/03/1917, aged 22.

Plot I. AA. I.

 

Picture courtesy of Marjorie Blake

 

3761 Private

John (Jack) Edward Tucker

45th Bn. Australian Infantry,

A. I. F.

17/08/1918, aged 19.

Son of John Aloysius Tucker and Minnie Tucker, of Coolah, New South Wales. Native of Alectown, New South Wales.

Plot I. A. 3.

 

Remembered with honour and respect by his great niece Cecilia Hannon and the combined Tucker and Hannon families.

For further information on Jack Tucker follow these links:

http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/2793190/coolah-soldier-to-be-remembered-in-australian-war-memorials-last-post-ceremony/

http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/2910332/rare-ww1-soldiers-documents-discovered/

https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/PAFU2015/004.01/


 

 

 

 

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