Gorre

Location

Gorre is a hamlet 2.5 kilometres north of Beuvry, and 4 kilometres east of Béthune. Leave Beuvry on the D72, crossing the railway and then the Canal d'Aire on the way. The Cemetery is 150 metres from the church in Gorre, to the left of the D72 (Rue de Festubert).

Gorre British and Indian Cemetery

Historical Information

The château at Gorre was occupied early in the war by troops from the United Kingdom and India and the cemeteries, in the south-east corner of the château grounds, were begun in the autumn of 1914.

The Indian part of the cemetery was closed in October 1915, when the Indian Corps left France.

Gorre British and Indian Cemetery

The cemetery was used by units holding the sector until April 1918, when, in the Battles of the Lys, Gorre became a support post close behind the front line.

The 55th (West Lancashire) Division, which held this front before and during the German attack, buried many of their dead in Plots V and VI. A few graves were brought into the cemetery later from near Gorre and from Mesplaux Farm, near Locon.

German Graves

There are now 929 Commonwealth casualties of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 36 of the burials are unidentified and there are special memorials to four servicemen whose graves were destroyed by shell fire.

The cemetery also contains nine war graves of other nationalities, most of them German.

The cemetery was designed by Charles Holden.

Gorre British and Indian Cemetery
 
Walter Mills VC

375499 Private Walter Mills VC
1/10th Bn Manchester Regiment
Died on 11th December 1917 aged 23
Husband of Mrs E Mills, of 10, Smith St, Oldham

The London Gazette No 30523, dated 12th February 1918

For most conspicuous bravery and self-sacrifice. When, after an intense gas attack, a strong enemy patrol endeavoured to rush our posts, the garrisons of which had been overcome, and, though badly gassed himself, he met the attack single-handed and continued to throw bombs until the arrival of reinforcements, and remained at his post until the enemy's attacks had been finally driven off.

While being carried away he died from gas poisoning. It was solely due to his exertions, when his only chance of personal safety lay in remaining motionless, that the enemy was defeated and the line retained intact.

Grave: V C 2

 
Sepoy Gulab Shah

Sepoy Gulab Shah 4546
107th Indian Pioneers
Died on 22nd November 1914
Son of Kakai, of Adina, Sawabi, Peshawar, NWFP

Grave: B 2

Private A Ramsay

Private A Ramsay 3557
8th Bn Black Watch
Royal Highlanders
Died on 16th July 1915
Brother of Mr A Ramsay, of 3, Stoneybank Terrace, Musselburgh, Midlothian

Grave: I B 15

Private Thomas Hopkins

Private Thomas Hopkins 307350
1/8th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers
Died on 13th February 1918 aged 26
Husband of M Hopkins, of 6, Vine St, Birkenhead

Shot at Dawn for leaving his post

For most of his service on the Western Front, Hopkins was under arrest or serving sentences for one thing or another. When his unit was gassed in September 1917 Hopkins went absent for eight days and on his capture his superiors took the opportunity of hetting rid of him once and for all.

Grave: V D 13

 

Lys 1918 Battle of the Lys 1918
SAD List of Soldiers Shot at Dawn