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Gauche Wood Cemetery


Villers-Guislain is a small village in the south-western most corner of the Department of the Nord. It is three kilometres west of Gouzeaucourt which in turn is 19 kilometres north east of Péronne on the D917, and 16 kilometres south west of Cambrai on the D197 which eventually joins the N44. The Cemetery lies a kilometre south east of Villers-Guislain and is signposted from the village square in front of the Mairie. The road which you follow is also well signposted but eventually comes to a halt.

The final 200 metres leading up the hill to the Cemetery is a rough farm track, not suitable for vehicles.

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Gauche Wood Cemetery


Historical Information

Villers-Guislain was occupied by Commonwealth forces from April 1917 until the German counter attacks (in the Battle of Cambrai) at the end of November 1917.

It was lost on 30th November and retained by the Germans on 1st December in spite of the fierce attacks of the Guards Division and tanks. The village was finally abandoned by the Germans on 30th September 1918, after heavy fighting.

Gauche Wood Cemetery

Gauche Wood, to the west of the village, was taken by the Guards Division, Indian cavalry and tanks on 1st December 1917. It was obstinately defended by the South African Brigade on 21st March 1918 during the German spring offensive.

The cemetery was made by the 21st Division Burial Officer on 6th and 7th October 1918. Gauche Wood Cemetery contains 48 burials and commemorations of the First World War.

The cemetery was designed by W H Cowlishaw.

Part of the iron harvest

Part of the annual iron harvest. NEVER touch anything you see


Some of the burials

Private Edward Telling 99620
4th Bn The King’s
(Liverpool Regiment)
Private William Jones 64140
10th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment
(Prince of Wales’s Own)
Private Harry Mills 202351
7th Bn Border Regiment
Died on 29th September 1918
aged 19
Died on 29th September 1918 Died on 18th September 1918
aged 20
Son of Albert and Ellen Telling
of 128, Dean St, Swindon
  Son of Samuel and Elizabeth Mills
of 11, Kershaw St, Bury, Lancs
Grave: 1 Grave: 2 Grave: 3


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