NORFOLK CEMETERY

Becordel-Becourt

Somme

France 

 

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

 

18334 Private

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.

 

Those with awards buried/commemorated within this cemetery:

 

CLOUTMAN, Lt. Wolfred Reeve , Twice mentioned in Despatches. 178th Coy. Royal Engineers. Killed 21st Aug. 1915 in rescuing a Sgt. whom he carried on his shoulder 45 feet up a ladder from the bottom of a mine. As soon as the Sgt. was lifted off, this officer, overcome with foul gas, fell to the bottom. He was 25 and born at Wealdstone, Harrow, Middlesex. 1. A. 14

FENWICK, Sgt. Andrew Lees D.C.M., 8th Bn. Somerset Light Infantry. Killed in action 15th May 1916 aged 21. Native of South Newsham, Northumberland., 1. A. 52.

 

LYNCH, Lt.-Col. Colmer William Donald D.S.O., 9th Bn. King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. Killed in action 1st July 1916 aged 35. Son of Maj.-Gen. William Wiltshire Lynch, C. B. 1. B. 87.

MCCARTHY, Cpl. Daniel M.M., Royal Garrison Artillery, attd. "Y" 21st Trench Mortar Bty. Died 26th June 1916 aged 45. 1. C. 68.

PROUT, Lce. Cpl. George M.M., "A" Coy. 8th Bn. Somerset Light Infantry. Died 1st July 1916 aged 25. 1. C. 81.


This information collated by Barry Cuttell

 

 

Number of burials by Unit

Royal Engineers
37
  Queen's - Royal West Surrey Regt.
30
East Yorkshire Regt.
26
  Border Regt.
22
East Surrey Regt.
18
  Norfolk Regt.
17
Somerset Light Infantry
17
  King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
16
Royal Field Artillery
16
  Gordon Highlanders
12
Royal Garrison Artillery
9
  York & Lancaster Regt.
8
Middlesex Regt.
7
  Lincolnshire Regt.
6
Durham Light Infantry
6
  Northumberland Fusiliers
6
Green Howards - Yorkshire Regt.
6
  West Yorkshire Regt.
5
Australian burials
5
  Cheshire Regt.
4
Machine Gun Corps - Infantry
4
  Buffs - East Kent Regt.
4
Royal West Kent - Queen's Own
3
  Royal Berkshire Regt.
3
Loyal North Lancashire Regt.
3
  Royal Warwickshire Regt.
3
23rd Bn. London Regt.
2
  South Lancashire Regt.
2
Essex Regt.
2
  Royal Army Service Corps
2
Royal Fusiliers - City of London Regt.
2
  Lancashire Fusiliers
2
21st Bn. London Regt. - First Surrey Rifles
1
  22nd Bn. London Regt. - The Queen's
1
Manchester Regt.
1
  9th Hodson's Horse
1
Army Cyclist Corps.
1
  Worcestershire Regt.
1
Welsh Regt.
1
  Suffolk Regt.
1
Gloucestershire Regt.
1
  South Staffordshire Regt.
1
King's Own Scottish Borderers
1
  Sherwood Foresters - Notts. & Derbys. Regt.
1
14th Bn. London Regt. - London Scottish
1
  King's Royal Rifle Corps
1
Royal Scots - Lothian Regt.
1
  Royal Scots Fusiliers
1
Grenadier Guards
1
  Highland Light Infantry
1
Canadian burials
1
     
Identified burials
324
     
Unidentified UK burials:
92
     
Australian Unknowns
5
     
Canadian Unknowns
1
     
New Zealand Unknown
1
     
Wholly Unknown
126
     
Total Unidentified burials
225
     
Total burials
549
   Breakdown collated by Barry Cuttell

 

 

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