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Windmill British Cemetery


Monchy-le-Preux is a village about 7 km south-east of Arras. Windmill British Cemetery lies to the south of the village on the north side of the main Arras-Cambrai road, the D939.

Windmill British Cemetery


Historical Information

On 23rd April 1917, in the Second Battle of the Scarpe, Infantry Hill (east of Monchy) and Guémappe (due south of Monchy) were captured by Commonwealth troops. Guémappe was lost the same day, but retaken almost at once, and further progress was made in the following days.

In May, the 29th Division began this cemetery and buried in it a number of the dead of 23rd April. It continued in use until March 1918, and was used again from August to October 1918.

In Plot II, Rows D and E, are buried 23 officers and men of the 1st King’s Own Royal Lancasters who died in the Battle of the Drocourt—Queant Line at the beginning of September 1918.

Windmill British Cemetery contains 402 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 35 of the burials are unidentified but there is a special memorial to one casualty believed to be buried among them.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Windmill British Cemetery

King’s Own Royal Lancasters


Major James Young

Major James Young
Regimental Depot, (Alberta)
1st Canadian Division HQ
Died on 13th October 1918 aged 24
Son of Lt. Col. James Young
of 6, Alexander Square, London, England
Husband of Phyllis Young
of 248, Buena Vista Rd., Rockcliffe, Ottawa

Grave: II H 17

Gunner S Proctor MM

Gunner S Proctor MM 108172
86th Batttery, 32nd Brigade
Royal Field Artillery
Died on 31st August 1918 aged 29
Foster son of Mr and Mrs. Richard Angel
of Brentford
Husband of Ellen Proctor
of 65, Albany Rd., Brentford, Middx

Grave: II C 23


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