Cojeul British

Location

St Martin-sur-Cojeul is a village about 8 kilometres south-south-east of Arras on the D33. Cojeul British Cemetery lies about 1 kilometre south of the village.

Follow the CWGC Signs towards the local village cemetery. On its right is the St Martin Calvaire CWGC Cemetery and to the left a track taking you out towards Cojeul Cemetery.

This cemetery sits right in front of the TGV Line and Autoroute.

The TGV Track behind the cemetery

Historical Information

The village of St Martin-sur-Cojeul was taken by the 30th Division on 9 April 1917, lost in March 1918, and retaken in the following August.

64th Brigade

The Memorial to the 64th Brigade

Cojeul British Cemetery was begun by the 21st Division Burial Officer in April 1917, and used by fighting units until the following October.

It was very severely damaged in later fighting.

Looking back towards the village

Looking back towards the village and Hill 90

The cemetery contains 349 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 35 of the burials are unidentified and 31 graves destroyed by shell fire are represented by special memorials.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

East Yorkshire Regiment

Soldiers from the East Yorkshire Regiment

 
Horace Waller VC

Private 30144 Horace Waller VC
10th Bn King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Died: 10th April 1917, aged 20
Son of John and Esther Waller, of Laurel Bank, Heald's Rd, Dewsbury.

London Gazette No. 30122, dated 8th June 1917

For most conspicuous bravery when with a bombing section forming a block in the enemy line. A very violent counter-attack was made by the enemy on this post, and although five of the garrison were killed, Pte. Waller continued for more than an hour to throw bombs, and finally repulsed the attack.

In the evening the enemy again counter-attacked the post and all the garrison became casualties, except Pte. Waller, who, although wounded later, continued to throw bombs for another half an hour until he was killed.

Throughout these attacks he showed the utmost valour, and it was due to his determination that the attacks on this important post were repulsed.

Grave: C 55

 
Arthur Henderson VC

Captain Arthur Henderson VC
4th Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Died: 24th April 1917, aged 23
Son of the late George Henderson, OBE of Egnal, Paisley, a Magistrate of Paisley, and Elizabeth Henderson

London Gazette No. 30167, dated 3rd July 1917

For most conspicuous bravery. During an attack on the enemy trenches this officer, although almost immediately wounded in the left arm, led his Company through the front enemy line until he gained his final objective. He then proceeded to consolidate his position, which, owing to heavy gun and machine gun fire and bombing attacks, was in danger of being isolated.

By his cheerful courage and coolness he was enabled to maintain the spirit of his men under most trying conditions. Captain Henderson was killed after he had successfully accomplished his task.

Grave: B 61

 

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