Contay

Location

Contay is a village on the main road, Amiens to Arras. The Cemetery lies on the left (north east) side of the road to Franvillers. There is a CWGC road sign next to the church and square of the village and next to the D23, Franvillers - Corbie, sign. The distance from the CWGC sign to the Cemetery is approximately 650 metres.

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Historical Information

The site was chosen in August 1916 for burials from the 49th Casualty Clearing Station, which arrived at Contay at the end of August. It was joined by the 9th CCS in September.

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All the burials in Plots I to IV and the majority of those in Plots VII and VIII (the plot numbers V and VI were not used) cover the period August 1916 to March 1917. Most of them were made from these two clearing stations.

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The German withdrawal to the Hindenburg Line in the spring of 1917 brought the medical units further east and it was not until April 1918, when the Germans advanced to Albert, that the 38th and other Divisions used the cemetery again, completing Plots VII and VIII and forming the two rows in Plot IX.

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The last burial took place in August 1918. Contay British Cemetery contains 1,133 First World War burials. The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

 
Private Joseph Chambers

Private Joseph Chambers 19264
8th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
Died on 24th November 1916 aged 16
Son of the late Joseph and Margaret Chambers, of Market Rasen, Lincs.

Grave: VII A 25

2nd Lieutenant Felix Dansey

2nd Lieutenant Felix Dansey
7th Bn London Regiment
Died on 25th July 1918 aged 27
Son of Indalecia de Dansey and the late William Dansey, of San Lorenzo, 84, San Martin, Buenos Ayres.
Born at Parana, Argentine Republic
An Argentine citizen, who left to fight for the country of his father.

Your mother
Does not cease
To think of you
For a single moment

Grave: IX B 1

Private Norman McLaren

Private Norman McLaren 213510
20th Bn Canadian Infantry
Central Ontario Regiment
Died on 6th October 1916 aged 17
Son of Alexander and Margaret McLaren, of Stirling, Scotland
Enlisted from Windsor, Ontario on 10th January 1916, giving his DOB as 9 September 1896

Grave: III A 13

Private John Polson

Private John Polson 172408
4th Canadian Mounted Rifles
Died on 15th October 1916 aged 17
Son of Henry and Emma Polson, of 2 Church Cottages, Cemetery Row, Gt Clacton, England Enlisted from Toronto on 5th January 1916, giving his DOB as 6 April 1897
Height given as 5' 3"

Grave: III C 1