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Vraucourt Copse Cemetery

Location

Vaulx-Vraucourt is in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 6 kilometres north-east of Bapaume. Leave the village on the RD36E direction Ecoust-St-Mein and a signpost indicates the access lane to the cemetery on the right.

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Vraucourt Copse Cemetery

 

Historical Information

Vaulx-Vraucourt was taken in the spring of 1917, lost (after severe fighting) in March 1918, and retaken in the following September.

The copse from which it is named lies to the north. The cemetery originally contained 43 Commonwealth graves of 2nd and 3rd September 1918 (mainly of the 3rd Division) but in 1928, Plots II and III were made when graves were brought in to the space between Plot I and the road from Vaulx A.D.S. Cemetery.

This latter cemetery (named from an Advanced Dressing Station) was on low and swampy ground between Vraucourt Copse Cemetery and the villages. It was begun in April and May 1917, used by the Germans in March 1918, and used again by Commonwealth troops in September 1918.

Vraucourt Copse Cemetery now contains 104 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.

Vraucourt Copse Cemetery

 


Hugh McIver VC MM & Bar

12311 Private Hugh McIver VC MM & Bar
2nd Bn Royal Scots
Died on 2nd september 1918 aged 28
Son of Hugh and Mary McIver
of 34, Dunlop St., Newton Hallside, Glasgow
Native of Linwood, Paisley

Grave: I A 19

The London Gazette 31012
12th November 1918

For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty when employed as a company runner. In spite of heavy artillery and machine-gun fire he carried messages regardless of his own safety. Single-handed he pursued an enemy scout into a machine gun post and having killed six of the garrison captured twenty prisoners with two machine guns.

This gallant action enabled the company to advance unchecked. Later he succeeded at great personal risk in stopping the fire of a British Tank which was directed in error against our own troops at close range. By this very gallant action Private McIver undoubtedly saved many lives.

 


2nd Lieutenant Richmond Howell-Price MC

2nd Lieutenant Richmond Howell-Price MC
1st Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 4th may 1917 aged 20
Son of Isabel and the late John Howell-Price
Born at Richmond, New South Wales

Grave: II B 7


Private John Paterson

Private John Paterson 59925
2nd Bn Royal Scots
Died on 2nd September 1918 aged 19
Son of David Paterson
of 139, Thomson St., Dennistoun, Glasgow
Husband of Mary McDougal Paterson
of 400, Govan St., Glasgow

Grave: I A 7

 

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