Habarcq

Location

Habarcq is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 12 kilometres west of Arras, a little south of the main Arras to St Pol road. The Communal Cemetery is on the north side of the village on the road to Haute Avesnes (D61), and the Extension is on the north and west side of the Communal Cemetery.

Habarcq Communal Cemetery Extension

Historical Information

The extension to the communal cemetery was begun by French troops in 1914 and was used by them until March 1916.

The French Plot

Commonwealth forces (XVII Corps) then took over this part of the front and field ambulances continued to bury in the extension using the plots which are now numbered I, V and VIII.

In March 1917, the extension was closed, except for two later burials in Plot V.

Habarcq Communal Cemetery Extension contains 179 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. There are also 15 Second World War burials, 11 of which are unidentified, and 378 French war graves.

The cemetery was designed by W H Cowlishaw.

Habarcq Communal Cemetery Extension
 
Sapper F Henderson

Sapper F Henderson 598
1st/2nd (Durham) Field Company
Royal Engineers Died on 6th June 1916 aged 22
Son of Bartholomew and Annie Henderson, of 6 Hopper St, Gateshead.
Rejoined from the Reserve 5th August 1914.

Grave: I J 5

Private Francis Perry

Private Francis Perry 21897
14th Bn Gloucestershire Regiment
Died on 9th November 1916 aged 24
Son of Alfred and Sarah Perry, of 224, Hoo Brook, Kidderminster

Grave: VIII E 6

Private Thomas Irvine

Private Thomas Irvine 4778
18th Bn Highland Light Infantry
Died on 10th September 1916 aged 20
Son of Julia Irvine, of 27, Espedair St, Paisley

What more or better
Could my son give
Than die for his country
That others may live

Grave: VIII J 4

 

Shot at Dawn

Private J McQuade

Private John McQuade 5626
18th Bn Highland Light Infantry
Died on 6th November 1916

McQuade had already been convicted of disobedience and given a year's imprisonment.

Went absent during the Battle of the Somme and was shot for desertion.

Grave: VIII J 7

Private H Flynn

Private Hugh Flynn 5323
18th Bn Highland Light Infantry
Died on 15th November 1916
Son of Jane Todd, of 171 High St, Dumbarton

Unlike his fellow soldier Flynn had a clean record but met the same fate for the same reason a few days after McQuade.

Grave: VIII G 7

 

SAD List of Soldiers Shot at Dawn