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Sucrerie Military Cemetery

Location

Colincamps is a village about 16 kilometres north of Albert. Sucrerie Military Cemetery is about 3 kilometres south-east of the village on the north side of the road from Mailly-Maillet to Puisieux. The cemetery is on the left; along a 400 metres dirt track.

Sucrerie Cemetery Colincamps

 

Historical Information

The cemetery was begun by French troops in the early summer of 1915, and extended to the West by British units from July in that year until, with intervals, December 1918. It was called at first the 10th Brigade Cemetery. Until the German retreat in March 1917, it was never more than a 1.6 kilometres from the front line; and from the end of March 1918 (when the New Zealand Division was engaged in fighting at the Sucrerie) to the following August, it was under fire.

Sucrerie Cemetery Colincamps

The 285 French and twelve German graves were removed to other cemeteries after the Armistice, and in consequence there are gaps in the lettering of the Rows.

There are now 1103, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these 219 casualties are unidentified.

The cemetery covers an area is 6,322 square metres and it is enclosed by a low brick wall.

Sucrerie Cemetery Colincamps

 


Lt Colonel The Hon Lawrence Palk

Lt Colonel The Hon Lawrence Palk DSO
1st Bn Hampshire Regiment
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 45
Legion of Honour
Son of the late Lawrence Palk, 2nd Baron Haldon
and Constance, Baroness Haldon

Grave: I H 14


Lt Colonel John Thicknesse

Lt Colonel John Thicknesse
1st Bn Somerset Light Infantry
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 46
Son of the Right Rev. Dr F. Thicknesse, D.D.,
late Bishop of Leicester
and Anne Thicknesse
Husband of Phyllis Thicknesse
of Bishops Hull, near Taunton
Born at Middleton Cheney, Northants
Also served on the North-West Frontier of India
and in the South African War.

Grave: I H 15

Killed during that attack on the Quadrilateral at Serre


Private W Scott

Private W Scott 7981
2nd Bn Essex Regiment
Died on 1st July 1916

Grave: I D 70

 

Shot at Dawn


Private James Crozier

Private James Crozier 14218
9th Bn Royal Irish Rifles
Died on 27th February 1916
Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Crozier
of 80, Battenberg Street, Belfast

Grave: I A 5

Executed for Desertion

A rather famous story from Belfast.

In September 1914 James Crozier offered himself up for enlistment against the wishes of his mother. The recruiting officer, Major Frank Crozier (who was not related to James) told the mother that she need not worry because he would make sure her son was looked after.

His battalion was sent to France together with the rest of the 36th (Ulster) Division and suffered the hardships of the winter on the Somme. In February 1916 James wandered off and eventually walked into a Field Hospital. He stated that he was disorientated but the examining Medical Officer passed him fit and the soldier was returned to his unit under arrest.

At this stage (the now) Lt Colonel Frank Crozier was the battalion commanding officer and following the Court Martial on the 14th February had no qualms about recommending that the death sentence be carried out.

James was plied with drink whilst the Officer in charge of the Execution Party was soberly entertained to dinner by Crozier himself.

The following morning James was carried out to the firing post in the garden of a house in Mailly-Maillet. He was tied up and the volley was fired. The Medical Officer declared that he was not dead and the subaltern had to deliver a coup de grace.

 

Other cemeteries in the area


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