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Dury Mill British Cemetery

Location

Dury is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 1 kilometre north of the straight main road (D939) from Arras to Cambrai. Approximately 16 kilometres from Arras travelling towards Cambrai on the D939 is the Canadian Forces Memorial at Dury. 300 metres after the Memorial the Cemetery is signposted to the left towards Dury village. It is located in open fields, and is approached along an unsurfaced track about 500 metres long.

Dury Mill British Cemetery

Track; being the operative word. Unless you are absolutely certain of the robustness of your vehicle don’t even attempt to follow the sign across the field.

If you do take the track then continue straight on upon leaving. You will then come to a metalled farm track which will bring you back out onto the main road.

Personally in order to reach the cemetery I would suggest continuing down the Dury road to this second side road (farm on your left) and driving back up leaving the car some two hundred metres short of the cemetery.

Dury Mill British Cemetery

 

Historical Information

In August, 1918, Dury was behind the German defence system known as the Drocourt-Queant line; but on the 2nd September this line was broken by the Canadian and XVII Corps, and Dury village and the hill just South of it (Mont Dury, or Dury Ridge) were captured. The Mill (Moulin Damiens) stood beside the road from Dury to Villers-les-Cagnicourt, and was destroyed.

The cemetery was begun by Canadian units on the 5th September, 1918, and closed sixteen days later.

There are now 337 First World War casualties buried in this cemetery. Of these 14 are unidentified.

This cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Dury Mill British Cemetery

The advance by the Canadians is chronicled by the cemeteries
Here we reach casualties of the 2nd September 1918

 


Corporal Leo Smith

Corporal Leo Smith 688299
54th Bn Canadian Infantry
Central Ontario Regiment
Died on 2nd September 1918 aged 26
Son of John and Mary Smith
of Karnloops, British Columbia

Grave: II D 19


Private H Garner

Private H Garner 78122
Tank Corps
Died on 2nd September 1918

Grave: I D 12

 

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