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Bellacourt Military Cemetery


Bellacourt is a village in the commune of Rivière, in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 10 kilometres south-west of Arras.

Visitors should take the N25, Arras to Doullens main road, as far as Beaumetz les Loges. Take the D34 to Rivière, fork right onto the D7, still in the direction of Rivière, and then turn left to the cemetery as indicated by the CWGC sign.

From Beaumetz look out for the panels carefully as Rivière is split into two. You are looking for Rivière (Bellacourt).

The cemetery is up a laneway near paddocks so be careful of riders and horses.

Decimal 50.231580 2.674377 Map

Bellacourt Military Cemetery


Historical Information

The cemetery was begun by French troops in October 1914, and carried on by the 46th (North Midland), 55th (West Lancashire), 58th (London), 49th (West Riding) and other Divisions, and later by the Canadian Corps, from February 1916, to September 1918; and the French plot was increased in 1923 by concentrations from other cemeteries. The 16 American graves of July and August 1918 (all but one of which belonged to the 320th Regiment) have been removed to another place of burial.

There are 432 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-18 war commemorated in this site, 1 being unidentified. There are also 117 French burials here.

The Cemetery covers an area of 3,582 square metres and is enclosed by a rubble wall.

Bellacourt Military Cemetery


Lieutenant Alfred Chapman

Lieutenant Alfred Chapman
1/5th Bn The Loyal North Lancashire Regiment
Died on 6th June 1916 aged 20
Son of Thomas Chapman, Bishop of Colchester
and Catherine Chapman
of Derby House, Colchester
Educated at Plymouth College, Rossall
and St John’s College, Cambridge

Grave: I F 8

Dearly loved eldest son of
Canon Chapman
Vicar of Bolton, Lancs

Private Gundmundur Magnusson

Private Gundmundur Magnusson 294377
27th Bn Canadian Infantry
Manitoba Regiment
Died on 20th June 1918 aged 27
Son of Mr and Mrs O Magnusson
of Lundar, Manitoba
Born in Iceland

Grave: II P 2

For god
And humanity

Private Robert Hoover

Private Robert Hoover 1093349
21st Bn Canadian Infantry
Eastern Ontario Regiment
Died on 2nd April 1918 aged 17
Son of Albert and Ginnie Hoover
of Turriff, Ontario

Grave: II A 2

Private William Ritchie

Private William Ritchie 4146
1/5th Bn King’s Own
Royal Lancaster Regiment
Died on 25th June 1916 aged 17
Son of Robert John and Bessie Ritchie
of 42 Avondale Rd, Lancaster

Grave: I F 6

Soldat Jean-Marie Mathiot

Soldat Jean-Marie Mathiot 1629
3è Régiment de Cuirassiers
Born on 26th February 1891
Died on 16th March 1915 aged 24
A native of Nancy
Killed in action at Brethancourt

Grave: 29 (French Plot)


Private Léopold Délisle

Private Léopold Délisle 62218
22nd Bn Canadian Infantry
Quebec Regiment
Died on 21st May 1918 aged 25
Son of Philippe and Hectorine Délisle
of 1553 Jeanne Mance St, Montreal

Grave: II J 6

Shot at Dawn for desertion

He tried to enlist 3 times before he was finally accepted for overseas service in April 1915.
On 29th March 1918 his battalion was ordered forward to counter the recently opened German advance on Arras.

Délisle went absent and was arrested on the outskirts of Arras five days later. Already the owner of a very poor disciplinary record he was sentenced to death.


Other cemeteries in the area

Recent Additions

Brimont Churchyard

Braine Communal Cemetery

Soupir Churchyard

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