Labourse Communal Cemetery
Pas de Calais, France

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Location Information

Labourse is a village and commune 5 kilometres south of Bethune, a large town in the Pas-de-Calais.

From the church in the centre of Labourse head west on the main road through the village, passing the Hotel de Ville on the left. After approximately 400 metres turn left onto the Rue Charles Hernu. Take the right hand fork after 120 metres and the cemetery will be found 200 metres further along on the right.

Historical Information

Labourse Communal Cemetery was used by fighting units and field ambulances between July 1915 and December 1916.

The cemetery contains 17 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.

Identified Casualties 17

Shot at Dawn:

21161 Private H. Martin, 9th Bn. Essex Regiment, executed for desertion 20/03/1916. Row B. 3.

11/1799 Private A. Beverstein, 11th Middlesex Regiment, executed for desertion 20/03/1916. Row B. 5.

G/7547 Private W. L. Thompson, 6th Bn. The Buffs (East Kent Regiment), executed for desertion 22/04/1916. Row B. 4.

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.

BEVISTEIN,ABRAHAM,A,20/03/1916,,Private,Middlesex Regiment,11th Bn.,France,'G/1799',LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY,B. 5.,"(SERVED AS HARRIS). SON OF REBECCA AND JOSEPH BEVISTEIN, OF 48, ANTHONY ST., COMMERCIAL RD., LONDON."


BRAY,,T,,,29/12/1916,,Sapper,Royal Engineers,2nd/2nd (West Riding) Field Coy.,France,'2186',LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY,C. 2.,


DAVIES,,R P,31,,05/10/1915,,Second Lieutenant,Royal Welsh Fusiliers,4th Bn.,France,,LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY,B. 1.,"HUSBAND OF ELIZABETH DAVIES, OF 16, BERNARD RD., WREXHAM."


HALSEY,,F,,,26/09/1915,,Lance Serjeant,Bedfordshire Regiment,2nd Bn.,France,'9586',LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY,"French row, behind row A. 8.",


HARRIS,,A,,,20/03/1916,,Private,ALIAS,,France,'G/1799',LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY,,"SEE ""BEVISTEIN,"" THE TRUE FAMILY NAME."


HOAD,,P E,17,,28/07/1915,,Private,Royal Sussex Regiment,5th Bn.,France,'5/2196',LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY,A. 6.,"SON OF MRS. SARAH PARSONS, OF FERRY RD., RYE, SUSSEX."


LAVENDER,WILLIAM JAMES,W J,20,,28/07/1915,,Private,Royal Sussex Regiment,1st/5th Bn.,France,'5/2470',LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY,A. 5.,"SON OF WILLIAM AND CHARLOTTE LAVENDER, OF 30, HORNTYE RD., BOHEMIA, ST. LEONARDS-ON-SEA."


LOCKHART,,J,33,,24/07/1915,,Sapper,Royal Engineers,74th Field Coy.,France,'42764',LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY,A. 4.,"SON OF JAMES AND JANE LOCKHART, HIGHER WALTON, WARRINGTON; HUSBAND OF MRS. A. E. LOCKHART, OF 30, WALTON RD., STOCKTON HEATH, WARRINGTON."


MARTIN,HARRY,H,,,20/03/1916,,Private,Essex Regiment,9th Bn.,France,'21161',LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY,B. 3.,


McDONALD,,M,,,06/12/1915,,Private,Black Watch (Royal Highlanders),4th Bn.,France,'1598',LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY,B. 2.,


NORMAN,,J,,,27/09/1915,,Private,Royal Warwickshire Regiment,2nd Bn.,France,'11427',LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY,B. 6.,


ROSE,,A,44,,21/11/1916,,Lance Corporal,Leicestershire Regiment,9th Bn.,France,'14948',LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY,C. 1.,"HUSBAND OF MRS. B. M. ROSE, OF ASHBY RD., SHEPSHED, LOUGHBOROUGH."


SMITH,,A H,,,27/09/1915,,Lance Corporal,Royal Welsh Fusiliers,1st Bn.,France,'13386',LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY,B. 7.,


TEAT,HAROLD,H,18,,26/09/1915,,Private,Devonshire Regiment,8th Bn.,France,'14036',LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY,A. 7.,"SON OF JOHN AND AGNES TEAT, OF 3, LEFTKILN ST., ROCHDALE."


THOMPSON,WILLIAM LANDRETH,W L,27,,22/04/1916,,Private,The Buffs (East Kent Regiment),6th Bn.,France,'7547',LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY,B. 4.,"SON OF MARY AND THE LATE MOSES THOMPSON; HUSBAND OF FLORENCE ROSETTA HEDLEY, (FORMERLY THOMPSON), OF 180, CANNING ST., BENWELL GROVE, NEWCASTLE-ON-TYNE."


WARD,WILFRED,W,22,,24/07/1915,,Driver,Royal Engineers,74th Field Coy.,France,'46164',LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY,A. 4.,"SON OF STEPHEN AND ANNIE WARD, OF GO, KILDARE ST., MIDDLESBROUGH. BORN AT SCORTON, RICHMOND, YORKS."


WESTON
,,H C,,,27/09/1915,,Private,Bedfordshire Regiment,2nd Bn.,France,'15231',LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY,B. 8.,


WOOD,,A,,,10/07/1915,,Private,Scots Guards,1st Bn.,France,'10916',LABOURSE COMMUNAL CEMETERY,A. 3.,

 

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