London Cemetery


Neuville-Vitasse is a village in the department of the Pas-de-Calais, 5 kilometres south-east of Arras on the D5. London Cemetery stands on the west side of the road to Arras in a shallow valley.

London Cemetery Neuville Vitasse

Historical Information

Neuville-Vitasse was attacked by the 56th (London) Division on 7 April 1917 and captured by the same Division on 9 April.

The village was almost entirely lost at the end of March 1918 but regained at the end of the following August.

The London Cemetery was made by the 56th Division in April 1917 and greatly extended after the Armistice when graves were brought in from other burial grounds and from the battlefields between Arras, Vis-en-Artois and Croisilles.

London Cemetery contains 747 burials and commemorations of the First World War.

London Cemetery Neuville Vitasse

318 of the burials are unidentified and on a screen wall are panels bearing the names of casualties buried in four cemeteries in the neighbourhood, whose graves were destroyed by shell fire.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Captain P Meautys MC

Captain Paul Meautys MC
Brigade Major 53rd Brigade
2nd Bn North Staffordshire Regiment
Died on 16 June 1917 aged 26
Son of Thomas A and E Meautys, of Hammond Place, Burgess Hill, Sussex
Grave: II B 20

Sergeant R Tate

Sergeant Reginald Tate 470646
12th Bn London Regiment
(The Rangers)
Died on 9 April 1917 aged 19
Son of Richard and Katherine Tate, of 34 Park Avenue, Wood Green, London.
Was recommended for a Commission
Grave: I A 83

Lt Colonel Magawly de Calry DSO

Lt Colonel Valerio Magawly de Calry DSO
6th Dragoons (Inniskilling)
Commanding 7th Bn Rifle Brigade
Died on 10 May 1917 aged 34
Legion of Honour.
Son of 6th Count Magawly Cerati de Calry and
Countess Magawly Cerati de Calry
husband of Sheila Magawly de Calry
Grave: I B 7

Private Colin Calder

Private C Calder 512054
14th Bn London Regiment
(London Scottish)
Died on 9 April 1917 aged 22
Son of Ronald Calder and Mary Calder, of 21 Seagry Rd, Wanstead, Essex.
A Bank clerk
Grave: I A 15

His brother Captain John Calder also fell and is commemorated in Bay 9 on the Arras Memorial
London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade)

Rifleman P Godley

Rifleman P Godley 473374
12th Bn London Regiment
(The Rangers)
Died on 9 April 1917 aged 19
Son Of Richard and Elizabeth Godley, of 9 Tilbury Rd, East Ham, London
Grave: I A 77