MORBECQUE BRITISH CEMETERY

Morbecque

Nord

France

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Morbecque is a village and commune in the Department of the Nord, 3 kilometres south of Hazebrouck and 20 kilometres north-west of Estaires.

From Hazebrouck take the D916 to Morbecque and continue to the centre of the town. Just after the Mairie a sign indicates the cemetery 180 metres down a small road on the left hand side.

Morbecque British Cemetery was made by the 5th Division in April 1918 during the German advance. The 29th Division also buried casualties in the cemetery before it was closed in June of the same year. There are now 105 First World War burials in the cemetery.

Casualty Details:  UK 105, Total Burials: 105

The cemetery was designed by George Hartley Goldsmith.

Shot at Dawn

G/305 Private, William Thomas Spry, 2nd Bn. Royal Fusiliers, executed for desertion 15/06/1918, aged 29. Husband of Annie Elizabeth Spry, of 96, New Church Road, Camberwell, London. Plot I. G. 19.

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.