Tank Cemetery

Location

Guémappe is a village in the department of the Pas-de-Calais, 800 metres south-west of the straight main road from Arras to Cambrai. Tank Cemetery is about 700 metres north-west of Guémappe village, near the west side of the road from Monchy to Wancourt: D33.

On the main Arras Cambrai Road (N39 / D 939) you arrive at Monchy-le-Preux with Windmill Cemetery on your left and the panel towards the village for the Newfoundland Monument. On the opposite side of the road are CWGC signs directing you towards this cemetery down the D 33.

Tank Cemetery

Historical Information

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

Tank Cemetery

Tank Cemetery was begun by fighting units in April 1917 and used by fighting units and field ambulances until June. It was damaged by shell-fire in 1918.

The cemetery contains 219 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 25 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to five casualties known to be buried among them.

Six graves in Row A, identified as a whole but not individually, are marked by headstones bearing the additional words: Buried near this spot.

 
Lance Serjeant G Tidman G/10870

Lance Serjeant G Tidman G/10870
4th Bn Royal Fusiliers
Died on 13th April 1917 aged 30
Son of William and Caroline Tidman, of 112 Reading Rd Henley-on-Thames
Husband of the late Alice Tidman

Grave: D 1

Second Lieutenant Percy Reid

Second Lieutenant Percy Reid
16th Bn London Regiment
(Queen's Westminster Rifles)
Died on 6th May 1917 aged 33
Son of the late Edward Reid and Amy Reid, of 137 Ladbroke Rd, Notting Hill, London.
Educated Wanganui College, New Zealand, and Marlborough.
Joined Canadian Regiment as a Private in 1915
Obtained his Commission in 1916.

Grave: D 22

 

Arras 1917 Arras 1917
Guémappe British Cemetery Guémappe British Cemetery
Windmill Cemetery Windmill Cemetery
Newfoundland Memorial Newfoundland Memorial, Monchy le Preux