Webmatters Title
Webmatters : De Cusine Ravine British Cemetery, Basseux

De Cusine Ravine British Cemetery


Basseux is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 12 kilometres south-west of Arras.

The cemetery is reached by taking the N25, Arras to Doullens main road, as far as Beaumetz les Loges. Turn onto the D1 towards Basseux and follow the CWGC signs from the centre of the village.

Follow the signs down a rural track which degenerates into a grassy path, which is unsuitable for cars when wet. The last 300 metres of path has to be negotiated on foot and is difficult underfoot.

And they joketh not !

GPS N E Wikimapia
Decimal 50.219369 2.652919 Map

De Cusine Ravine British Cemetery


Historical Information

800 metres South East of the village is a ravine called the Fosse de Berles, but known to the French troops (who had a field kitchen there) as the Ravin des Cuisines; and on the further side of the ravine is the British Cemetery bearing a modified form of the French Army name. A French Military Cemetery close to it, also named from the ravine, has now been removed.

The cemetery was begun by the 13th King’s Royal Rifles in February 1916, and used by units holding this front until March 1917; one further burial took place in September 1917.

There are now over 60, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site.

The cemetery covers an area of 615 square metres and is enclosed by a red brick wall.

Two brothers (John and William Crutchley) are buried in Row C, graves 6 and 7.

De Cusine Ravine British Cemetery


Colborn and Griffin

Rifleman Walter Colborn 4282 Rifleman George Griffin 8200
2/6th Bn London Regiment
City of London Rifles
Died on 7th March 1917 aged 19
Son of Mrs. L. Coleborn
of 265, Bamford Rd., Heywood, Lancs
Died on 6th March 1917
Grave: H 4 Grave: H 5

Private Herbert McGeehin

Private Herbert McGeehin 10696
2nd Bn Duke of Wellington’s Regiment
Died on 24th April 1916 aged 33
Son of Peter and Mary Jane McGeehin
of 69, Sterling St., Bradford, Yorks

Grave: D 2

Private James Reilly

Private James Reilly 12830
137th Coy Machine Gun Corps
Died on 11th August 1916 aged 23
Son of Mary and the late John Reilly
of Belfast
Husband of Isabella Reilly
of 75, King St., Belfast

Grave: C 1


Other cemeteries in the area

Recent Additions

Brimont Churchyard

Braine Communal Cemetery

Soupir Churchyard

CWGC Poppy Button