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Maroeuil British Cemetery


Maroeuil is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, six kilometres north-west of Arras, between the roads to Houdain and Aubigny. The British Cemetery lies at the end of a track running north from the road to Bray and Écoivres (C.1).

Although well sign posted it will be necessary to park the car near the end of the track and continue on foot.

Cattle still use the track – though the cemetery itself is protected by a fence.

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Maroeuil British Cemetery

Historical Information

The cemetery was begun by the 51st (Highland) Division when Commonwealth forces took over the Arras front in March 1916 and it retained its association with that division until the summer of 1918.

Almost half of the graves are those of Highland territorials and many of those remaining are of London territorials who were at Maroeuil from July to December 1916. The cemetery also contains the graves of 25 officers and men of tunnelling companies of the Royal Engineers who died in mine explosions.

The cemetery was protected from observation by the crest of the hill behind it and whenever possible, bodies were brought back to it from the front line by tramway. Maroeuil British Cemetery contains 563 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 11 German war graves.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Maroeuil British Cemetery

Two Brothers

Private Joseph Wilson

Private Joseph Wilson 268272
1/6th Bn The Black Watch
Royal Highlanders
Died on 1st April 1917 aged 21
Son of William and Jane Wilson
of Shivey, Sandholes, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone

Grave: IV B 10

Private Thomas Wilson

Private Thomas Wilson 268276
1/6th Bn The Black Watch
Royal Highlanders
Died on 1st April 1917 aged 24
Son of William and Jane Wilson
of Shivey, Sandholes, Dungannon, Co. Tyrone

Grave: IV B 9

Private Henry Kelly

Private Henry Kelly 3261
1/6th Bn The Black Watch
Royal Highlanders
Died on 3rd April 1916 aged 24
Son of John and Rebecca Kelly
of Mochan, Castlecaulfield, Co. Tyrone

Grave: II B 2

Lt Colonel Robert Morris

Lt Colonel Robert Morris
80th Group Royal Garrison Artillery
Died on 25th March 1917 aged 48
Son of the Hon. Alexander Morris
of Toronto, Ontario
Husband of Emily Morris
Entered the British Army in 1890
Trained and took No 17 Siege Battery
to Gallipoli in 1915

Grave: III M 15

Captain Gerald Lucas

Captain Gerald Lucas
38th Central Indian Horse
13th Sqdn Royal Flying Corps
Died on 16th May 1916 aged 25
Durbar Medal
Son of Lt Colonel Charles de Neufville Lucas
(Indian Cavalry) and Maud of Teignmouth, Devon.
Educated of Haileybury College and Sandhurst.

Grave: II D 6

Lieutenant James Lundius

Lieutenant James Lundius
1/5th Bn Gordon Highlanders
Died on 28th May 1916 aged 24
Son of Oscar and Mary Lundius
of Peterhead, Aberdeenshire

Grave: I F 9

Serjeant Jim Kidd

Serjeant Jim Kidd 1577
1/5th Bn Gordon Highlanders
Died on 1st June 1916 aged 19
Son of James and Jane Kidd
of Gamrie, Banffshire

Grave: I F 5

Private Iku Kumagawa

Private Iku Kumagawa 228383
52nd Bn Canadian Infantry
Manitoba Regiment
Died on 6th January 1917 aged 34
Son of Yasajio Kumagawa
of Nagasaki, Japan

Grave: III K 2

Other cemeteries in the area

The village communal cemetery also has a British plot of soldiers from the Northamptonshire Regiment of 1940. Next to it is an interesting French Military cemetery, reminding us of the part played by the French soldiers during the battles of Artois in 1914 and 15. Within you will find lying side by side two sons of Général Louis d’Armau de Pouydraguin killed in the fighting for Neuville Saint Vaast in May 1915.