NEUVILLE-BOURJONVAL BRITISH CEMETERY

Neuville-Bourjonval

Pas de Calais

France

 

General Directions: Neuville-Bourjonval is a village 14 kilometres east of Bapaume and 4 kilometres south-east of Belincourt. The Cemetery is near the east side of the village and 173 metres from the east side of the by-road to Hermies.

Neuville-Bourjonval village was taken on the 28th-29th March 1917, by the 12th King's Liverpool Regiment, lost on the 22nd March 1918, and retaken on the following 4th and 5th September by the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division.

The British Cemetery was begun by the 11th Rifle Brigade in April, 1917 and used by the 42nd and other Divisions until March 1918; further burials were made in Rows B and C in September 1918.

There are now over 200, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, a small number are unidentified and four are represented by special memorials.

The British Cemetery covers an area of 829 square metres and is enclosed by a low rubble wall.

Shot at Dawn: 12609 Private Private George Hanna, 1st Bn. Royal Irish Fusiliers, executed for desertion 06/11/1917, aged 26. Row E. 16. Son of Henry and Elizabeth Hanna.

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 209, New Zealand 5, Total Burials: 214

 

 

 

 

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