NOEUX-LES-MINES COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
Pas de Calais
General Directions: Noeux-les-Mines is a town 6 kilometres south of Bethune on the main road to Arras. The Communal Cemetery is on the northern side of the town, on the south-east side of the road to Labourse.
The Communal Cemetery at Noeux-les-Mines was used by the Commonwealth forces (in succession to the French) from June 1915 to August 1917. The earlier burials were carried out by units and field ambulances but in April 1917, the 7th Casualty Clearing Station began to use the cemetery. It contains 980 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. The Extension was begun in August 1917 and used until December 1918, chiefly by the 6th and 7th Casualty Clearing Stations.
Shot at Dawn: 21654 Private L. D. Elford, 7th/8th Bn. King's Own Scottish Borderers, executed for desertion 11/10/1918. Plot V. A. 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.
Casualty Details: UK 232, Canada 71, South Africa 1, Germany 12, Total Burials: 316
Alexander Mitchell Brand
4th/5th Bn. The Black Watch
(Angus and Dundee)
26/08/1918, aged 22.
Plot IV. C. 19.
The middle picture shows Alec with his daughters, Agnes and Evelyn
Pictures courtesy of Elizabeth Littlebury, niece of Alec Brand.