Webmatters Title
Webmatters : Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery
Rough Map of Area

Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery

Location

Gouzeaucourt is a large village 15 kilometres south west of Cambrai and 15 kilometres north-east of Péronne. The village is built along the D917 which connects these two towns. Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery is to be found opposite the civil cemetery, which is just within the village boundary on the D29, a road which connects Gouzeaucourt with Heudicourt.

GPS N E Wikimapia
Decimal 50.048617 3.116030 Map

Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery

 

Historical Information

Gouzeaucourt village was captured by the 8th Division on the night of 12-13th April 1917. It was lost on 30 November 1917 in the German counter-attack at the end of the Battle of Cambrai, and recaptured the same day by the 1st Irish Guards.

Gouzeaucourt New British Cemetery

It was lost again on 22nd March 1918, attacked by the 38th (Welsh) Division on the following 18th September, and finally retaken by the 21st Division on 8th October.

The cemetery was begun in November 1917, taken over by the Germans in 1918, and used again by Commonwealth forces in September and October 1918, but the original burials (now in Plot III) are only 55 in number.

 

Looking towards Gauche Wood

Looking towards Villers-Guislain and Gauche Wood from the cemetery

 

It was enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from other cemeteries and from the battlefield of Cambrai.

The cemetery now contains 1,295 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 381 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 34 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Another special memorial records the name of a soldier buried in Gouzeaucourt Communal Cemetery in May 1917 whose grave was destroyed by shell fire.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

Two Russian Soldiers

Two Russian Soldiers — this is the standard shape of their CWGC headstones
Timofei Bylinkey (5th June 1918) and Michael Misinow (27th April 1918)

 


Guardsman Arthur Monk

Guardsman Arthur Monk 25163
4th Bn Grenadier Guards
Died on 1st December 1917 aged 20
Son of Margaret and the late Milton Monk
of 24, Charles St, Castleford, Yorks

Grave: X A 17


Captain John Burke MC

Captain John Burke MC
4th Bn Grenadier Guards
Died on 1st December 1917

Grave: X A 3


Guardsman Thomas Hill

Guardsman Thomas Hill 1870
1st Bn Welsh Guards
Died on 1st December 1917 aged 20
Croix de Guerre (France)
Son of Thomas and Caroline Hill
of 35, Burlington St, Barry Dock, Glam.

Grave: V G 3


Private Reginald Hercock

Private Reginald Hercock 39811
1st Bn Wellington Regiment NZEF
Died on 13th September 1918 aged 21
Son of David and Mary Hercock
of Nireaha, Wellington, New Zealand

Grave: VII C 6

 

Other cemeteries in the area


Recent Additions

Brimont Churchyard

Braine Communal Cemetery

Soupir Churchyard

CWGC Poppy Button