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Aubigny-en-Artois Communal Cemetery


Aubigny-en-Artois is a village approximately 15 kilometres north-west of Arras on the road to St. Pol (D939). From the D939 turn onto the D75 towards the village of Aubigny-en-Artois. The Cemetery lies south on a road leading from the centre of the village, and the Extension is behind it.

Aubigny-en-Artois Communal Cemetery Extension

If you have come in off the Arras road, turn right just after the Carrefour Supermarket and continue into the village.

At a small roundabout in the centre of the village you will see a sign telling you to turn right up a narrow road between the buildings, towards a school — take it.

This is a one way system and brings you up to a large turning point and parking area. If you want to continue straight up the track to the cemetery (which is by now visible in front of you) there are a few parking spaces on the left.

On leaving the cemetery you have to follow the one-way system around to what is now your left and this brings you out onto the main street. Turning left takes you back to Carrefour and the D 939, turning right takes you back into the village and towards Mont St Eloi and Vimy.

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Historical Information

From March 1916 to the Armistice, Aubigny was held by Commonwealth troops and burials were made in the extension until September 1918.

Aubigny-en-Artois Communal Cemetery Extension

The 42nd Casualty Clearing Station buried in it during the whole period, the 30th in 1916 and 1917, the 24th and 1st Canadian in 1917 (during the capture of Vimy Ridge by the Canadian Corps) and the 57th in 1918.

Aubigny-en-Artois Communal Cemetery Extension

The extension now contains 2 771 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and seven from the Second World War.

There are also 227 French burials made prior to March 1916, and 64 German war graves.

The extension was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

The massacre of 22nd May 1940

Civilians from Aubigny killed during both wars

Civilians from Aubigny killed during both wars

Near the front gate there are a number of civilian burial marked with French military crosses. Some are children from the Great War others result from atrocities perpetrated by the SS in May 1940.

The Quarry where they were massacred is now the site of a memorial. It is easily found a few minutes driving from the cemetery.

Claude Nunney VC DCM MM

Claude Nunney VC DCM MM
410935 Private
38th Bn Canadian Infantry
Eastern Ontario Regiment
Died on 18th September 1918 aged 25

Grave: IV B 39

London Gazette Supplement No 31067
13th December 1918

For most conspicuous bravery during the operations against the Drocourt-Queant line on September 1st and 2nd 1918. On September 1st, when his battalion was in the vicinity of Vis-en-Artois, preparatory to the advance, the enemy laid down a heavy barrage and counter-attacked. Private Nunney, who was at this time at company headquarters, immediately on his own initiative proceeded through the barrage to the company outpost lines, going from post to post and encouraging the men by his own fearless example.

The enemy were repulsed and a critical situation was saved. During the attack on September 2nd, his dash continually placed him in advance of his companions, and his fearless example undoubtedly helped greatly to carry the company forward to its objectives.

Lieutenant George Jackson

Lieutenant George Jackson
19th Bn Canadian Infantry
Alberta Regiment
Died on 28th April 1917 aged 33
Son of the late Rev Joseph and Elizabeth Jackson
of Holy Trinity Vicarage, Bampton, Oxon.

Grave: VI D 10

By the deaths of George Jackson and his brother Lieutenant Hugo Jackson, of the same Regiment, on the same day and in the same action, this branch of the family becomes extinct.

Hugo is buried at Ecoivres Military Cemetery a short drive from here in the direction of Mont St Eloi.

Grave V H 3

Lieutenant Colonel John Whiteman

Lieutenant Colonel John Whiteman
Hawke Bn RND
4th Bn Middlesex Regiment
Died on 25th April 1917 aged 44
Son of Mr and Mrs Walter Whiteman
of Wanganui, New Zealand
Husband of Alice Whiteman
of Alderminster Lodge, Stratford-on-Avon
Served in the South African Campaign.

Grave: VI D 5

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Pretor-Pinney

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Pretor-Pinney DSO
13th Bn The Rifle Brigade
Died on 28th April 1917 aged 53
Husband of Phyllis Pretor-Pinney
of 36 Sloane Court, Chelsea, London

Grave: VI E 5