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Valley Cemetery


Valley Cemetery lies south of Vis-en-Artois, some 12 kilometres south-east of Arras on the D939 road. From Vis-en-Artois take the D9 towards Chérisy for 1.5 kilometres, then take a track towards the cemetery on your left.

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Valley Cemetery

Historical Information

The cemetery was begun on 31st August 1918 with the burial of 31 officers and men of the 3rd Canadian Infantry Battalion, who had died the previous day in the capture of Orix Trench, in the big grave in Row A, now numbered 8-11.

Valley Cemetery

Ten further burials were made in Row A during the early part of September and in 1924-25, Rows B and C were added when graves were brought in from the battlefields and from Thilloy German Cemetery (this was about 900 metres North of Ligny-Thilloy village, close to the Albert-Bapaume road. It was a Dressing Station cemetery, which contained the graves of four Australian soldiers, three from the United Kingdom, and about 300 Germans).

Valley Cemetery now contains 69 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 19 of the burials are unidentified and there is a special memorial to one casualty buried in Thilloy German Cemetery, whose grave could not be found on concentration.

The cemetery was designed by W H Cowlishaw.

Valley Cemetery
Captain Norman Cliff

Captain Norman Cliff
M C and Bar
3rd Bn Canadian Infantry
Toronto Regiment
Died on 30th August 1918 aged 25
Son of Capt. G Cliff
of 201, Parkside Drive, Toronto
Enlisted August 1914,
Reached France February 1915
Previously wounded in 1917
Office Manager of the Toronto Salt Works

Grave: A 10

Lieutenant Edward Slattery

Lieutenant Edward Slattery
D C M, M M and 2 Bars
3rd Bn Canadian Infantry
Toronto Regiment
Died on 30th August 1918 aged 23
Son of Patrick and Elizabeth Slattery
of 437, Magdalen St., Point St. Charles, Montreal
Native of Newfoundland

Grave: A 10

Sergeant Harry Jackson

Sergeant Harry Jackson 1766
13th Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 15th August 1916 aged 23
Son of Joseph and Annie Jackson
of Ellalong Rd., Neutral Bay, New South Wales
Native of Glebe, New South Wales

Grave: C 14

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