ST. POL COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
Pas de Calais
General Directions: The town of St Pol is about 29 kilometres south-west of Bethune and 34 kilometres west-north-west of Arras. The Communal Cemetery Extension is situated on high ground next to the old Communal Cemetery and is reached by a steep road, Rue de Cimetiere, on the north side of the old N39 road to Arras.
St. Pol-sur-Ternoise was an administrative centre during the whole of the war, taken over by British troops from the French in March 1916; and No.12 Stationary Hospital was posted on the race-course near the town from the 1st June 1916, to 1st June 1919.
The Extension was made alongside the "Cimetiere Thuillier" (which is more than 500 years old) by the French Tenth Army, and in March 1916-April 1918, the British Plot was added in the South-West quarter.
There are now over 200, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site.
The British Plot covers an area of 1,111 square metres.
Shot at Dawn: 19/158 Lance Corporal, Peter Goggins, 19th Bn. Durham Light Infantry, executed for quitting his post 18/01/1917. Row D. 2. Husband of Mrs. M. Goggins, of 58, South St., South Moor, Stanley, Co. Durham.
Shot at Dawn: 19/420 Lance Corporal, John McDonald, 19th Bn. Durham Light Infantry, executed for quitting his post 18/01/1917, aged 28. Row D. 3. Son of Malcolm and Joanina McDonald, of Sunderland; husband of Hannah McDonald, of 29, Hartley's Buildings, Millfield, Sunderland.
Shot at Dawn: 19/647 Lance Serjeant, Joseph William Stones, 19th Bn. Durham Light Infantry, executed for casting away his arms 18/01/1917. Row D. 1. Husband of Elizabeth Edith Jones (formerly Stones), of 85, Wheatbottom, Crook, Co. Durham.
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 210, Canada 7, Australia 3, New Zealand 4, South Africa 1, India 1, Total Burials: 226
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8th Bn. Royal Warwickshire Regiment
03/07/1916, aged 22.
Son of Mr. F. Perkins, of 299, Farm St., Hockley, Birmingham
Row A. 22.
Picture 1: Ambrose Perkins
Picture 2: Ambrose Perkins with his brother Horace
Picture 3: Ambrose Perkins with his mother, sister and brother Horace
Pictures courtesy Dianne Moores, great-niece