Thélus Military

Location

Thélus is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, west of the N17 Arras-Lens main road and 6.5 kilometres north of Arras. Thélus Military Cemetery is approximately 300 metres west of the N17, located in the open country, about 50 metres north of Thélus village.

There is a small area on the cemetery side of the road on which it would be possible to park (that is coming in towards Arras). This is a busy road so if coming out of Arras continue a little further and turn around at the next junction.

Thélus Military Cemetery

As can be seen, wheelchair access is difficult as the pathway runs a good distance from the main road.

Historical Information

The village, which stands on the Vimy Ridge, was captured by the Canadian Corps on the 9th April, 1917, and it remained in British hands until the end of the War.

The oldest part of Thélus Military Cemetery is a large grave, originally called CB 8 and now forming Plot II, which was made after the capture of the Ridge. The numerous groups of graves made about this time by the Canadian Corps Burial Officer were, as a rule, not named, but serially lettered and numbered.

Thélus Military Cemetery

The remaining Plots were made by fighting units from June 1917 to September 1918, except for Plot IV and part of Plot V, which were brought in from the battlefields of Vimy and Thélus after the Armistice.

There are now nearly 300, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 30 are unidentified.

The cemetery covers an area of 1,459 square metres and the access path an additional area of 357 square metres. It is enclosed by a red brick wall.

 

Two Brothers

Signaller Henri Denis

Signaller Henri Denis 416566
22nd Bn Canadian Infantry
Québec Regiment
Died on 24th September 1917 aged 22
Son of Adolphe and Adele Denis, of 570, Marie-Arme, Montréal

Grave: I E 4

Signaller Albert Denis

Signaller Albert Denis 61330
22nd Bn Canadian Infantry
Québec Regiment
Died on 24th September 1917 aged 27
Son of Adolphe and Adele Denis, of 570, Marie-Arme, Montréal

Grave: I E 5

 
Private E Leach

Private E Leach 235974
2nd Bn East Lancashire Regiment
Died on 18th August 1918 aged 31
Husband of Constance Leach, of 42 Stowell St, Weaste, Salford, Manchester

Here
In a foreign land he lies
Ever mourned
By those in England

Grave: V D 1

Private Herbert Morrison

Private Herbert Morrison 23264
2nd Bn King's Own Scottish Borderers
Died on 9th April 1917 aged 28
Son of Thomas and Allison Morrison, of Dumfries

A Loreburn

Close to the town of Dumfries was a marsh through which ran the Loreburn whose name became the rallying cry of the town in times of attack - A Lore Burne (meaning to the muddy stream).

Grave: I A 6

Serjeant Charles Riley

Serjeant Charles Riley 124319
24th Bn Canadian Infantry
Québec Regiment
Died on 9th April 1917 aged 21
Only son of Minta Brown Riley, of Inwood, Ontario, and the late Lawrence A. Riley

Easter Morn

Reminding us of which day the battle of Arras opened

Grave: II B 6

Lance Corporal S Rose

Lance Corporal S Rose 186231
24th Bn Canadian Infantry
Québec Regiment
Died on 9th April 1917 aged 22
Son of Kontorchy Rose, of Faxe Ladyslads, Denmark

Velsignet Er Dit Minde
Blessed is your memory

Grave: II B 10

Private William Sharp

Private William Sharp 839115
4th Bn Canadian Mounted Rifles
Died on 14th March 1918 aged 24
Son of William and Alice Sharp, of Flesherton, Ontario

Grave: III A 5

 

Arras 1917 Arras 1917
Vimy Memorial Vimy Memorial