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Monchy British 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.

Monchy British Cemetery

 

Historical Information

Monchy village, a relatively high and commanding position, was captured by Commonwealth forces on 11th April 1917. The cemetery was begun at once and continued in use as a front-line cemetery until the German offensive of March 1918, when it fell into their hands.

Monchy British Cemetery

It was recaptured by the Canadian Corps on 26th August and used again for a month. The graves are very closely identified with the divisions which fought on this front.

There are now 581 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated in this cemetery. 58 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to a number of casualties known to be buried among them.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Monchy British Cemetery

 


Lieutenant Francis Troup

Lieutenant Francis Troup
13th Bn Royal Fusiliers
Died on 10th April 1917 aged 30
Son of James and Elizabeth Beda Troup
of 39, Grandview Grove, Armadale, Melbourne, Australia
Late of Corfu and Maskeliza Ceylon Planters Rifle Corps Contingent.
Also served in Egypt and Dardanelles
Born at Dunedin, New Zealand

Grave: I A 17

 

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