MAROC BRITISH CEMETERY
Pas de Calais
General Directions: Maroc British Cemetery is located in the village of Grenay, which is about 15 kilometres south-east of Bethune. From Lens take the N43 towards Bethune. After Loos-en-Gohelle turn left (after the petrol station) and continue straight on. The Cemetery is a few kilometres on the right side of the road, in the village.
The cemetery was begun by French troops in August 1915, but it was first used as a Commonwealth cemetery by the 47th (London) Division in January 1916. During the greater part of the war it was a front-line cemetery used by fighting units and field ambulances, and protected from German observation by a slight rise in the ground. Plot II was begun in April 1917 by the 46th (North Midland) Division and by the middle of October 1918, Plot III, Row A and part of Row B, had been filled. The remainder of Plot III, and the ends of certain rows in Plot I, contain graves brought in after the Armistice from the battlefields and small cemeteries (including Maroc Churchyard), north and east of Grenay.
Maroc British Cemetery now contains 1,379 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 264 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 89 casualties known to be buried among them. In particular, 87 officers and men of the 6th London Regiment, who died on 25 September 1915 in the capture of Loos, are now buried (but without individual identification) in Plot III, Rows H, J, K and L. The cemetery also contains 45 French and German burials.
The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.
Shot at Dawn: Private W. Hunter, 1st Bn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, executed for desertion 21/02/1916, plot I. B. 38.
Shot at Dawn: Private W. Watts, 1st Bn Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, executed for desertion 05/05/1916, plot I. H. 39.
Shot at Dawn: Private J. Molyneaux, 1st Bn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, executed for desertion 15/06/1916, plot I. H. 6.
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 1201, Canada 178, Germany 23, France 22, Total Burials: 1424
Thomas Edward Hook
2nd Bn. Canadian Infantry
(Eastern Ontario Regiment)
Plot II. J. 2.
Thomas was born in Sidcup, Kent, England in 1894, he emigrated to Canada around 1910, he was married in 1915 and his son, Robert was born in 1916 whilst Thomas was sailing to England to serve in the war.
Remembered with the utmost respect by Gloria Jowett, Dianne Hadley and Debra Marshall, his granddaughter's from Ontario, Canada