LE GRAND HASARD MILITARY CEMETERY

Morbecque

Nord

France

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Morebecque is a small village in the Department of the Nord, 3 kilometres south-west of Hazebrouck.

Leave the church in Morebecque and head north on the D916 towards Hazebrouck. After approximately 1 kilometre there is a Plant Nursery on the left hand side. Take the small road which goes through the nursery and the cemetery will be found on the right hand side in amongst farm land.

Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery, begun by the 31st Division at the end of June 1918, was also used by the 40th Division. On its closure at the end of August the cemetery comprised Plots I and II, but after the Armistice Plots III and IV were added when scattered graves were brought into the cemetery from a wide area around Hazebrouck. The earliest of these graves dates from May 1915, but the majority were from the fighting of April 1918.

There are now 300 Commonwealth burials of the First World War in the cemetery.

Two further plots of 138 burials were added to the cemetery during the Second World War. Among these later burials, all dating from May and June 1940, are special memorials to a number of casualties known to be buried within the cemetery whose graves could not be precisely located. 58 of the graves are unidentified.

The original cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

Casualty Details: UK 263, Australia 37, Germany 4, Total Burials: 304

 

 

S/8 Gunner

Harold Alexander Triggs

1st Siege Bty. Australian Field Artillery

05/07/1918, aged 21.

Son of John James and Florence Eliza Triggs, of Ipswich Rd., Brisbane, Queensland.

Plot 2. A. 2.

 

A camouflaged 8 inch No. 2 gun of the 1st Australian Siege Battery, at Birr Cross Roads. S/8 Gunner Harold Alexander Triggs (later killed in action on 5 July 1918, near Lamotte in Nieppe Forest and buried at Le Grand Hasard Military Cemetery, Morbecque) is standing by, awaiting the order to fire, during the ranging of the battery on 26 September 1917, prior to the attack carried out on Polygon Wood on 28 September 1917. The dial sight has been removed in order to save damage on shock of discharge.

 

 

 

 

 

Shot at Dawn

15437 Private, Charles William Knight, 10th Bn. Royal Welsh Fusiliers, executed for murder 15/11/1915, aged 28.

Son of Mrs. Eliza Knight, of 25, Filton Street, Fulham, London. Plot 3. B. 9.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3004 Lance Sergeant

George Forrest Anderson

1st Australian Pioneers

13/04/1918, aged 21.

Native of Moreland, Victoria. Son of John Forrest Anderson and Jeannie Ellen Anderson, of 123, Prospect Hill Road, Canterbury, Victoria.

Plot 3. A. 5.

From Auburn, Victoria. A 21 year old picture theatre operator prior to enlisting on 20 July 1915, he embarked for overseas as a Private with the 7th Reinforcements of the 22nd Battalion from Melbourne on 26 November 1915 aboard HMAT Commonwealth. He was killed in action at the Second Battle of the Somme, France on 13 April 1918.