Guémappe British Cemetery

Location

Wancourt is a village about 8 kilometres south-east of Arras, and Guémappe British Cemetery is about 1 kilometre north-east of the village, to the south of the junction of the roads to Monchy-le-Preux and Guémappe (D34).

Come out of Arras on the N39 / D 939. At Monchy-le-Preux you will see Windmill Cemetery on your left and the panel for the Newfoundland Monument (In the village on your left). Turn RIGHT following the wee CWGC signs and this will lead you down past Tank Cemetery to Guémappe British Cemetery.

Wheelchair access is not really possible.

Guémappe British Cemetery

Historical Information

Guémappe was captured by Commonwealth troops on 23 and 24 April 1917, twelve days after Wancourt. It was lost on 23 March 1918 and retaken by the Canadian Corps on the following 26 August.

Guémappe British Cemetery was begun by the 15th (Scottish) Division after the capture of Guémappe, and used by fighting units until January 1918. It was severely damaged by shell-fire in 1918.

Dozens of Seaforth Highlanders

The cemetery contains 169 burials of the First World War, six of them unidentified.

 
Serjeant Major John Campbell

Serjeant Major John Campbell S/2934
8th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
Died on 23rd April 1917 aged 25
Son of John and Mary Campbell, of 77 Port St Stirling
Husband of Dorothy Pettit of 33 Eastdown Park, Lewisham, London

Grave: I D 23

 

Arras 1917 Arras 1917
Tank Cemetery Tank Cemetery
Windmill Cemetery Windmill Cemetery
Newfoundland Memorial Newfoundland Memorial, Monchy le Preux