General Directions: Becordel-Becourt is a village 2.5 kilometres east of Albert on the D938 (Albert-Peronne) road. Follow the C1 north to Becourt, pass under a bridge and Norfolk Cemetery will be found 700 metres along on the east side of the road.
The cemetery was begun by the 1st Norfolks in August 1915 and used by other units (including the 8th Norfolks) until August 1916. After the Armistice it was nearly doubled in size when graves were brought in from the battlefields nearby.
The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.
Victoria Cross: Major Stewart Walter Loudoun-Shand, VC. 10th Bn. Yorkshire Regiment, killed in action 01/07/1916, aged 36. Son of Mr. J. L. Loudoun-Shand, of 27, Alleyn Park, Dulwich, London. Plot I. C. 77.
Citation: An extract from the London Gazette No. 29740 dated 8th Sept. 1916 records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery. When his company attempted to climb over the parapet to attack the enemy's trenches, they were met by very fierce machine gun fire, which temporarily stopped their progress. Maj. Loudoun-Shand leapt on the parapet, helped the men over it, and encouraged them in every way until fell mortally wounded. Even then he insisted on being propped up in the trench, and went on encouraging the non-commissioned officers and men until he died"
Shot at Dawn: 8037 Private J. Jennings, 2nd Bn. South Lancashire Regiment, executed for desertion 26/06/1916, Plot 1. D. 85.
Shot at Dawn: 549 Private G. Lewis, 2nd Bn. South Lancashire Regiment, executed for desertion 26/06/1916. Plot 1. D. 86.
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 531, Canada 2, Australia 10, New Zealand 1, South Africa 3, India 1, Total Burials: 548
John Varley Cowlishaw
8th Bn. South Staffordshire Regiment
03/07/1916, aged 26.
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Cowlishaw. of Bradford, Yorks; husband of Annie Cowlishaw, of 207, Somerville Rd., Small Heath, Birmingham.
Previously wounded at the Dardanelles.
Plot I. B. 85.
Number of burials by Unit