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St Venant-Robecq Rd British

Location

St. Venant is a small town in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais about 15 kilometres north-west of Bethune. Robecq Road British Cemetery is on the east side of the main road between St. Venant and Robecq, a smaller village 3 kilometres to the south east.

St Venant-Robecq Road British Cemetery

 

Historical Information

For much of the First World War, the villages of St. Venant and Robecq remained practically undamaged, but in April 1918, during the Battle of the Lys, the German line was established within 2 kilometres of the road that joins them.

The cemetery was begun around 12 April and used as a front line cemetery until the end of July. At the Armistice it contained 47 burials, but was then greatly enlarged when graves were brought in from from the battlefields south of St. Venant and from other cemeteries in the vicinity.

The most important of these cemeteries were La Haye British Cemetery at St. Venant (65 graves), used by the 2/7th Royal Warwicks and 2/8th Worcesters between April and August 1918, and Carvin British Cemetery, Mont-Bernenchon (54 graves), used by fighting units and field ambulances during the same period.

St. Venant-Robecq Road British Cemetery now contains 479 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 85 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to five casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.

 


Private W Longdon

Private W Longdon 27591
1st Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Died on 15th April 1918
Son of Mr. J. Longdon, of Thorpe St.,
Chase Terrace, Walsall

Grave: III F 10


Private David Morris

Private David Morris 345575
25th Bn Royal Welsh Fusiliers
Died on 12th July 1918 aged 29
Son of Mrs. Frances Davies, of 1, Hazel Square,
Llanfair Caerienion, Welshpool.
Native of Llanerfyl, Welshpool

Grave: III C 23


2nd Lieutenant Tom Lodge

2nd Lieutenant Tom Lodge MC
2/4th Bn Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry
Died on 21st May 1918 aged 21
Son of Charles and Sarah Lodge,
of 10, Teesdale Terrace, Abingdon, Berks

Grave: III B 23


Private A Small

Private A Small 44123
2/4th Bn Royal Berkshire Regiment
Died on 27th May 1918 aged 18
Son of Albert and Kate Small,
of 1, Whitehall Row, Aylesbury

Grave: I A 14

 

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