GUARDS CEMETERY, WINDY CORNER

Cuinchy

Pas de Calais

France

 

General Directions: Cuinchy is a village about 7 km east of the town of Bethune and north of the N41 which runs between Bethune and La Bassee. About 1 km north-west of the village are cross roads known as Windy Corner, and Guards Cemetery is a little west of these cross roads. 

A little west of the crossroads known to the army as 'Windy Corner' was a house used as a battalion headquarters and dressing station. The cemetery grew up beside this house. The original cemetery is now Plots I and II and Rows A to S of Plot III. It was begun by the 2nd Division in January 1915, and used extensively by the 4th (Guards) Brigade in and after February. It was closed at the end of May 1916, when it contained 681 graves. After the Armistice it was increased when more than 2,700 graves were brought in from the neighbouring battlefields - in particular the battlefields of Neuve-Chapelle, the Aubers Ridge and Festubert - and from other small cemeteries.

The cemetery was designed by Charles Henry Holden & Captain Wilfred Clement Von Berg, MC

VICTORIA CROSS:

Major, John Mackenzie, VC, 1st Bn. Bedfordshire Regiment, this officer won his award at Ashanti in 1900. VIII. J. 10. Aged 44., Native of Contin, Ross-shire.

Citation: An extract taken from the London Gazette dated 15th Jan., 1901 records the following: "On the 6th June, 1900, at Dompoassi, in Ashanti, Sergeant Mackenzie, after working two Maxim guns under a hot fire, and being wounded while doing so, volunteered to clear the stockades of the enemy which he did in the most gallant manner, leading the charge himself and driving the enemy headlong into the bush."

 

Casualty Details: UK 3402, Canada 32, India 9, Total Burials: 3443

 

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