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Beehive Cemetery


Willerval is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 10 kilometres north-east of Arras. Beehive Cemetery is one kilometre north of the village and 600 metres by the footpath from the west side of the D50E road to Mericourt in a place called Lorgette.

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Beehive Cemetery


Historical Information

The cemetery owes its name to a German machine gun emplacement known to the British troops as The Beehive. It was made by fighting units after the occupation of Willerval in the Battles of Arras, 1917, and it was used as an advance cemetery until the following September; one grave was added in March 1918.

There are now nearly 50, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, a small number are unidentified and one, which cannot now be found, is represented by a special memorial.

The cemetery covers an area of 360 square metres and is enclosed by a concrete curb.

Beehive Cemetery

Vimy Ridge behind Farbus


Sergeant Charles Dunlop

Sergeant Charles Dunlop 657150
19th Bn Canafian Infantry
Died on 8th May 1917 aged 20
Son of Robert and Mary Dunlop
of 17, Grenville St., Toronto
Native of Parry Sound, Ontario

Grave: B 9

Private W Onions

Private W Onions 226022
1st Bn Monmouthshire Regiment
Died on 26th May 1917 aged 22
Son of Richard and Gertrude nions
8, Lyr Dafydd Avenue, Oakdale, Blackwood, Monmouthshire

Grave: B 5

Private John Allen

Private John Allen 745014
19th Bn Canadian Infantry
Died on 7th May 1917 aged 20

Grave: B 12

Private Kenneth McLeod

Private Kenneth McLeod 1054530
14th Bn Canadian Infantry
Died on 27th June 1917 aged 18
Son of Alexander and Barbara McLeod
of Springhill, P.Q., Canada
His brother, Angus Alexander served in the same unit
died on the same day and is buried next to him.

Grave: A 3


Other cemeteries in the area

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