PONT-D'ACHELLES MILITARY CEMETERY
General Directions: The village of Nieppe is about 3.5 kilometres north-west of Armentieres on the road to Bailleul. Leave Nieppe on the D933. 900 metres from the church turn right onto Rue du Sac. The Cemetery is on the right hand side 200 metres from the main road.
Pont-d'Achelles was within the Allied lines from 16 October 1914 until 11 April 1918, when the 34th Division were driven out of neighbouring Nieppe after hard fighting, which the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and the 1/2nd Monmouths continued for some hours at Pont-d'Achelles. Nieppe was recaptured by the 29th Division on 3 September 1918. The military cemetery at Pont-d'Achelles was begun in June 1917 and used by field ambulances and fighting units until the German advance in the following April. It was used by the Germans during their occupation, under the name of Papot Military Cemetery.
Shot at Dawn: Private E. Worsley, 2nd Bn. Middlesex Regiment, executed for desertion 22/10/1917. Plot 1. F. 3.
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 173, Australia 72, New Zealand 48, Germany 37, Total Burials: 330
9th Field Ambulance
Australian Army Medical Corps.
12/12/1917, aged 22.
Son of Edward and Annie Denver, of 606, Harris St., Ultimo, New South Wales. Native of Narrandera, New South Wales.
Below are the first memorials from the Sydney Morning Herald in 1918 on the one year anniversary of his death.
Picture courtesy of great niece, Robyn Croft