Webmatters : Ontario Cemetery, Sains-lès-Marquion
Sains-lès-Marquion is a village in the Department of the Pas de Calais, about 2 km south of Marquion, which lies on the main Arras to Cambrai road, 14 km Cambrai.
Ontario Cemetery is 1 km due south of the village on the road (D15) to Havrincourt.
The cemetery was made at the end of September and the beginning of October 1918, after the capture of Sains-lès-Marquion (on the 27th) by the Canadian Division.
It contained, in its original form, the graves of 144 soldiers from Canada and ten soldiers (or sailors of the Royal Naval Division) from the United Kingdom; the majority of the Canadian graves belonged to the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Battalions, all of which were raised in Ontario.
It was enlarged after the Armistice by the concentration of graves, partly from the battlefields, but mainly from the neighbouring German cemeteries, including:-
- Aubencheul-au-Bac German Cemetery, in the Château wood at Aubencheul, which contained the graves of 12 soldiers from the United Kingdom and from Australia, who died as prisoners in 1917 and 1918, in addition to those 94 Germans and one Russian.
- Bantigny Communal Cemetery and German Extension contained, besides the graves of 563 German soldiers, those of eight soldiers from United Kingdom and four from Australia who died as prisoners.
- Epinoy German Cemetery, on the East side of Epinoy Church, contained the graves of five soldiers from the United Kingdom, who died as prisoners in April 1918, six Italian soldiers, who died as prisoners in December 1917, and January 1918, and 200 German soldiers.
- Flesquières Communal Cemetery German Extension contained the graves of three unknown British and 350 German soldiers.
- Flesquières German Cemetery No.2, which adjoined Flesquières Hill British Cemetery, contained the graves of three soldiers from the United Kingdom, who died as prisoners in October and November 1916.
- Graincourt-lès-Havrincourt Communal Cemetery German Extension contained the graves of five unknown British soldiers, one Australian soldier who died as a prisoner, one Russian prisoner and 487 German soldiers.
- Inchy-En-Artois Churchyard contained the graves of one soldier from the United Kingdom, who died as a prisoner, and 50 German soldiers.
- Longavesnes German Cemetery, on the road from Longavesnes to Tincourt, contained the graves of 726 German soldiers. Of the 29 graves of British prisoners of war, 20 were taken to Tincourt New British Cemetery.
- Oisy-le-Verger German Cemetery, at the East end of the village, contained the graves of 24 prisoners of war from the United Kingdom, six from Italy and three from Russia, and 247 German soldiers.
- Palluel Communal Cemetery German Extension contained the graves of nine prisoners of war from the United Kingdom, who died in 1918, and 91 German soldiers.
- Sauchy-Lestrée Communal Cemetery German Extension contained the graves of 23 prisoners of war from the United Kingdom and 303 German soldiers.
There are now over 300, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, a quarter are unidentified and memorials are erected to three soldiers and one airman from the United Kingdom and one soldier from Canada, buried in other cemeteries, whose graves could not be found on concentration.
The Cemetery covers an area of 949 square metres and is enclosed by a rubble wall.
Gunner Sidney Dudley 69536
F Bn Tank Corps
Died on 28th November 1917 aged 28
Son of Mr. and Mrs. R Dudley
Grave: IV A 36
Private Matthew Bateson 455908
2nd Bn Canadian Infantry
Died on 27th September 1918 aged 19
Son of Mrs. M Bateson
of 305, Barrie St., Kingston, Ontario
Grave: II A 10
Other cemeteries in the area