Ruyaulcourt Military


Ruyaulcourt is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais 11 km east of Bapaume on the D7 and 19 km south-west of Cambrai. The Cemetery lies 500 metres north of Ruyaulcourt village along an unmarked road but is signposted to the left by the village church as you enter Ruyaulcourt from Bapaume.

Ruyaulcourt Military Cemetery

Historical Information

Ruyaulcourt village was attacked by the 7th DCLI (Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry) on the 28th/29th March 1917, found unoccupied the next night by the 7th Somerset Light Infantry, lost on the 23rd March 1918, and cleared by the New Zealand Division on the 4th September 1918.

Ruyaulcourt German Cemetery was used from July 1916, to March 1917, and in August 1918; and it contained 405 German graves and those of two RAF officers, two soldiers from the United Kingdom and one New Zealand soldier. It was removed in 1924, and two of the British graves were brought into the Military Cemetery.

Ruyaulcourt Military Cemetery was begun in April 1917, and used by fighting units and Field Ambulances (largely of the 42nd (East Lancashire) Division) until March 1918. It was re-opened in September 1918.

Ruyaulcourt Military Cemetery

There are now over 300, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, 10 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to the two airmen buried in the German Cemetery, whose graves could not be found.

The Cemetery covers an area of 1,608 square metres and is enclosed by a rubble wall.

Private Thomas Dutton

Private Thomas Dutton 201131
1/5th Bn Manchester Regiment
Died 7th July 1917
Grave: E 3

Lieutenant Colonel Best

Lieutenant Colonel
Thomas Best DSO and Bar
1/2nd Bn Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Died 20th November 1917, Aged 38
Son of William and Annie Best; husband of Amy Best, of Annerville, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
Native of Scotland
Grave: F 8

Lt Colonel Best was killed on the first day of the Battle of Cambrai in 1917.

Lieutenant Kinnaird MC

Lieutenant The Hon. Arthur Kinnaird MC
1st Bn Scots Guards
Died 27th November 1917, Aged 32
Son of 11th Baron Kinnaird and Baroness Kinnaird, of Rossie Priory, Inchture, Perthshire.
His brother The Hon Douglas Arthur also fell.
Grave: F 15

Lt Kinnaird died on the first day of the German counter-offensive at Cambrai in 1917.

His brother was killed on 24th October 1914 and is buried in the Godezonne Farm Cemetery in Belgium.

Godezonne Farm Cemetery Godezonne Farm Cemetery

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