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Quéant Road Cemetery

Location

Buissy is a village about 2 kilometres south of the main Arras to Cambrai road (D939) and about 25 kilometres from Arras.

Quéant Road Cemetery is situated on the north side of the D14 road that leads from the village towards Quéant, about 3 kilometres from Buissy.

From Bullecourt either travel via Écoust St Mein; Noreuill; Lagnicourt and then Quéant. Or, from the Digger Monument via Riencourt and Quéant. At Quéant the cemetery is signposted towards Cagnicourt on the D 14.

Quéant Road Cemetery

 

Historical Information

Buissy was reached by the Third Army on 2 September 1918, after the storming of the Drocourt-Queant line, and it was evacuated by the Germans on the following day.

Quéant Cemetery was made by the 2nd and 57th Casualty Clearing Stations in October and November 1918. It then consisted of 71 graves (now Plot I, Rows A and B), but was greatly enlarged after the Armistice when 2200 graves were brought in from the battlefields of 1917-1918 between Arras and Bapaume, and from the following smaller burial grounds in the area:-

Baralle Communal Cemetery British Extension, which was made in September 1918, contained the graves of 25 soldiers from the United Kingdom; and the German Extension, from which two graves were brought.

Cagnicourt Communal Cemetery, contained the grave of one soldier from the United Kingdom who fell in September 1918.

Lagnicourt (6th Jaeger Regiment) German Cemetery, East of the village, contained 137 German graves and one British.

Noreuil British Cemeteries No.1 and No.2. These were close together, about 400 metres North of Noreuil village. They were made in April-August 1917, and they contained the graves of 50 soldiers from Australia and 16 from the United Kingdom (some of these were re-buried in HAC Cemetery, Ecoust-St. Mein).

Noreuil German Cemetery No.1, next to Noreuil Australian Cemetery, contained 78 German graves and ten British.

Pronville German Cemetery “near the Cave”, on the Western outskirts of Pronville, contained 17 British graves.

Pronville German Cemetery No.4, South of Pronville on the road to Beaumetz, contained 83 German and 83 British graves (52 of the British being those of soldiers of the Black Watch).

Proville Churchyard, contained two British graves.

Quéant Road Cemetery

There are more Australians in this cemetery than in any other in the immediate area

There are now 2,377 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 1,441 of the burials are unidentified, but there are special memorials to 56 casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials commemorate 26 casualties buried in German cemeteries in the neighbourhood, whose graves could not be found on concentration.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

 


Captain Percy Cherry VC MC

Captain Percy Cherry VC MC
26th Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 27th March 1917 aged 21
Son of John and Elizabeth Cherry
of Cradoc, Huon, Tasmania
Born at Drysdale, Victoria

Grave: VIII C 10

The London Gazette 11th May 1917

For most conspicuous bravery, determination and leadership when in command of a company detailed to storm and clear a village. After all the officers of his company had become casualties he carried on with care and determination in the face of fierce opposition, and cleared the village of the enemy.

He sent frequent reports of progress made, and when held up for some time by an enemy strong point, he organised machine gun and bomb parties and captured the position.

His leadership, coolness and bravery set a wonderful example to his men. Having cleared the village, he took charge of the situation and beat off the most resolute and heavy counter-attacks made by the enemy.

Wounded about 6.30 a.m., he refused to leave his post, and there remained, encouraging all to hold out at all costs, until, about 4.30 p.m. this very gallant officer was killed by an enemy shell.

 


Major Ben Leane

Major Ben Leane
48th Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 10th April 1917 aged 27
Order of the White Eagle (Serbia)
Son of Thomas and Alice Leane
Husband of Phyllis Leane
of Marlborough Rd, Westbourne Park,
South Australia

Grave: I C 1

He died
For the greatest cause
In history
Ever remembered

Ben Leane was the brother of the Battalion’s commander. He was killed at Bullecourt during the fiasco which was the aborted attack on the 10th April. The battle would eventually commence the following morning : 11th April 1917.


Private Reg Rundle

Private Reg Rundle 3931
46th Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 11th April 1917

Grave: I D 13


Private William Soulsby

Private William Soulsby 2230
5th Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 25th April 1917 aged 27
Son of Robert and Jane Soulsby
of Rheola, Victoria

Grave: VIII B 28


Rifleman T Speer

Rifleman Thomas Speer 41769
The Rifle Brigade
Died on 27th September 1918 aged 17
Son of Hub and Lelah May Speer
of 605, South 7th St, Temple, Texas, USA

Special Memorial: VII F 32

You will notice that his grave carries the mention: Buried near this spot, as does the grave next to him. It is probable that at the time of burial it was impossible to decide who was whom.


Serjeant John White

Serjeant John White 4802
22nd Bn Australian Infantry
Died on 3rd May 1917 aged 29
Son of Arabella and the late Charles White
of Foster St, Aspendale, Victoria
Born at Baringhup, Victoria

Grave: VIII B 28a

John White had been involved in the opening day of the Second Battle of Bullecourt. Initially registered as missing his body was never recovered and his name was eventually inscribed on the Australian Memorial at Villers Bretonneux.

In November 1994, while ploughing his field near to the Digger Memorial at Bullecourt, a local farmer found John’s remains. His identity disc was still intact and his wallet containing a letter and a lock of hair which is thought to be from his wife Lilian.

A year later in November 1995, Sergeant White was carried by six Australian soldiers to this grave and buried with full military honours in the presence of his 80 year old daughter. He was finally laid to rest along with the lock of hair he had brought from Australia all those years ago.

 

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