Duisans and Etrun are villages in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, about 9 kilometres west of Arras. The Cemetery lies in Etrun but takes its name from the nearer village of Duisans. It is one kilometre north of Duisans on the D339 road off the Route nationale N39 (Arras-St Pol), in the angle of the Arras Habarcq road and a track leading to Haute-Avesnes.
The area around Duisans was occupied by Commonwealth forces from March 1916, but it was not until February 1917 that the site of this cemetery was selected for the 8th Casualty Clearing Station.
The first burials took place in March and from the beginning of April the cemetery grew very quickly, with burials being made from the 8th Casualty Clearing Station (until April 1918), the 19th (until March 1918), and the 41st (until July 1917).
Most of the graves relate to the Battles of Arras in 1917, and the trench warfare that followed. From May to August 1918, the cemetery was used by divisions and smaller fighting units for burials from the front line.
In the Autumn of 1918 the 23rd, 1st Canadian and 4th Canadian Clearing Stations remained at Duisans for two months, and the 7th was there from November 1918 to November 1920. There are now 3,205 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated at Duisans British Cemetery.
There are also 88 German war graves.
The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.
Lieutenant Osmond Mowatt
10th (Prince of Wales's Own Royal) Hussars
Died on 22nd April 1917 aged 36
Son of James and Fanny Mowatt
Kingswood Firs, Bramshott, Hants
Native of London
Served in the South African Campaign
An Undergraduate of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge; BA 1903, MA 1904
Underwriting member of Lloyds
Grave: IV A 37
Sapper J Robson 4/1542
Died on 26th May 1917 aged 25
Son of Jane Robson, of 64 Friars Vennel, Dumfries
Grave: IV M 12
Lt Colonel F Cartwright DSO
1st Bn Royal Marine Light Infantry
Died on 30th April 1917 aged 41
Son of the late Thomas Cartwright and Marian Cartwright, of The Wilderness, Richmond, Surrey
Husband of Emily Cartwright
Grave: III H 53
Corporal James Reid 7674
6th Bn Cameron Highlanders
Died on 11th May 1918 aged 26
Son of Mrs Reid, of 11 Holyrood Square, Edinburgh
Shot at Dawn
Already a serving soldier when war broke out, Corporal Reid had served well up until 1917. Under arrest for an offence in October 1917 he managed to escape and remained at large for four months.
His determination not to be present at the front resulted in his execution.
Grave: V G 46