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Sandpits British Cemetery


Fouquereuil is a small village in the Department of the Pas- de-Calais between Béthune and Bruay la Buissière. Leave the village on the D181 heading towards Gosnay. 1.5 kilometres from the church turn right onto Rue des Potières. After 200 metres turn left and pass under the Motorway. The cemetery is 400 metres from the Motorway bridge slightly to the north, on the edge of a woodland.

From Béthune take the D 943 towards Bruay La Buissière. Then follow Fouquières on the D941. Turn right towards Fouquereuil. You will have the Fouquières CWGC Cemetery in front of you. Turn left staying on the D 181E1. This road now winds its way through the town and on into Fouquereuil. Now follow the signs for Gosnay for a short distance. Rue des Potières will be on your right.

The track leading up to the cemetery gets quite rough once the estate has been left.

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Sandpits British cemetery


Historical Information

The cemetery was begun by XIII Corps at the outset of the German advance in April 1918, and continued to be used by them until September 1918.

There are now 394 First World War burials in the cemetery.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.

Sandpits British cemetery


Private R Harvey

Private R Harvey S/9233
1st Bn Gordon Highlanders
Died on 20th May 1918 aged 22
Son of Mr and Mrs R Harvey
of 54, Nicol St. Kirkcaldy, Fifeshire
Native of Glasgow.

Grave: I J 9

Serjeant W Chappell

Serjeant William Chappell 42432
2nd Bn Suffolk Regiment
Died on 8th May 1918 aged 32
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Chappell
of East Ham, Essex.

Grave: I G 6

One of four brothers
Who shared the same fate

Difficult to say but the following might be the three brothers

Alfred, 16th Bn KRRC
22nd December 1918
East Ham Churchyard

Ernest, 2nd Bn Essex Regiment
13th September 1914
La Ferte-Sous-Jouarre Memorial

Frederick, 11th Bn Rifle Brigade
4th April 1917
Neuville-Bourjonval British Cemetery

William was originally in the Essex Regiment. All were born in East Ham and Ernest and Frederick are both sons of John and Elizabeth — of Hamilton, Ontario.

Alfred’s headstone is also marked “One of Four Brothers”. His and William’s inscriptions being provided by Thomas Chappell of Thorpe Road, East Ham.

Private William Sneddon

Private William Sneddon 48139
1st Bn Royal Scots Fusiliers
Died on 5th May 1918 aged 22
Son of James and Jeanie Sneddon
of 26, Hutcheson Square, Glasgow.

Grave: I F 2

2nd Lieutenant Reginald Croney

2nd Lieutenant Reginald Croney
1st Bn Bn North Staffordshire Regiment
Died on 9th August 1918 aged 21
Son of James and Hephzibah Croney
of Eccleshall, Staffs.

Grave: IV B 2


Private Patrick Murphy SAD

Private Patrick Murphy 15161
47th Bn Machine Gun Corps
Died on 12th September1918

Grave: IV E 5

Shot at Dawn for desertion

Little is known about Patrick Murphy. A native of Dublin he had been found guilty of desertion on three seperate occasions. The final incident was on arriving in the company one day and deserting the following whilst the unit was on its way to the front.


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