Noreuil Australian

Location

Noreuil Australian Cemetery

Noreuil is a village approximately 10 kilometres north-east of Bapaume. From Bapaume take the N30 in the direction of Cambrai. After passing through the village of Beugny, continue for approximately 1 kilometre. Turn left onto the D18 in the direction of Croisilles. Continue on the D18 until Lagnicourt-Marcel, then turn left onto the D5. Noreuil is 2.9 kilometres further on. Once into the village continue for 400 metres, then turn left at the CWGC signpost. Noreuil Australian Cemetery is 300 metres down this road.

Noreuil Australian Cemetery

Historical Information

Noreuil was the scene of a fierce engagement between Australian troops and the Germans on 15 April 1917.

The Australian Cemetery was started at the beginning of April 1917 and used until the following December. Four further burials were made in September 1918.

Noreuil Australian Cemetery

Noreuil Australian Cemetery contains 244 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War.

28 of the burials are unidentified and 82 graves destroyed by shell fire are represented by special memorials.

These 82 are almost all of the 50th Australian Infantry Battalion.

50th Australian Infantry
 

Two Brothers

The Clayton Brothers

Private Edward Clayton 3545
52nd Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 12th April 1917 aged 29
Sons of Joseph and Selina Clayton, of Dover, Tasmania

Private William Clayton 5074
52nd Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 12th April 1917 aged 42

Grave: E 5

Grave: E 6

 
Major George Tostevin

Major George Tostevin
1st Coy, Australian Machine Gun Corps
Died on 5th May 1917 aged 25
Son of John Tostevin, of Wingfield, Vale, Guernsey, Channel Islands, and Rachel Le Poidwin his wife

Grave: F 7

Lieutenant Wilfred Bidstrup

Lieutenant Wilfred Bidstrup
50th Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 3rd April 1917 aged 27
Son of Robert and Minna Bidstrup, of Raglan St, Daylesford, Victoria, Australia
Born at Bendigo, Victoria

Grave: F 39

Lieutenant William Dent Young

Lieutenant William Dent Young
11th Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 5th May 1917 aged 26
Son of Jules and May Dent Young, of 55, Lyncombe Hill, Bath, England

Grave: H 15

Lieutenant Esson Rule

Lieutenant Esson Rule
50th Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 3rd April 1917 aged 22
Son of William and Ida Rule
Born at Aberdeen, Burra, New South Wales

Grave: A 24

 

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