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Orange Trench Cemetery

Location

Monchy-le-Preux is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais on the north side of the straight main road from Arras to Cambrai (D 939).

From the main road turn into Monchy following the signs for the Newfoundland Monument. In the main square turn left past the Caribou and then the 37th Division Memorial (on the right at the bend).

As you descend the hill (Note the Priority to Right junctions) you will see signs for three cemeteries. A fork to the right takes you down to Orange Trench Cemetery and then Happy Valley British Cemetery.

The fork to the left takes you to Monchy British Cemetery; the Autoroute interchange and main road back to Arras.

Orange Trench Cemetery

 

Historical Information

Orange Hill and Orange Trench were features of the country south of the river Scarpe, through which Commonwealth forces fought their way in April 1917, during the Battle of Arras, and again in August 1918.

Orange Trench Cemetery was made after the fighting of 9-11th April 1917, when the 12th, 15th and 37th Divisions carried Monchy-le-Preux and the country between it and the Scarpe; the graves are all of April and May 1917.

Orange Trench Cemetery contains 118 burials and commemorations of the First World War. Exactly half of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to six casualties known, or believed, to be buried here among them.

The cemetery was designed by W H Cowlishaw.

Orange Trench Cemetery

Canadian author Michel Gravel visiting the cemetery in 2012

 


Private A Allan

Private A Allan 24493
6/7th Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers
Died on 11th April 1917

Grave: E 3


Captain Donald Harding MC

Captain Donald Harding MC
13th Bn Royal Fusiliers
Died on 10th April 1917 aged 32
Son of Edward and Clarance Harding
of Exeter
Also served in German West Africa in Natal Carabineers
Born at Norwich

Grave: D 21


Private H McAullay

Private H McAullay 8497
10/11th Bn Highland Light Infantry
Died on 11th April 1917 aged 19
Son of Hugh McAullay
of 5, Greenfield St., Shettleston, Glasgow

Grave: C 7

 

Other cemeteries in the area


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Canadian Cemetery No.2

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