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Morbecque British Cemetery

Location

Morbecque is a village and commune in the Department of the Nord, 3 kilometres south of Hazebrouck and 20 kilometres north-west of Estaires. From Hazebrouck take the D916 to Morbecque and continue to the centre of the town.

Just after the Mairie a sign indicates the cemetery 180 metres down a small road on the left hand side.

Morbecque British Cemetery

 

Historical Information

Morbecque British Cemetery was made by the 5th Division in April 1918 during the German advance. The 29th Division also buried casualties in the cemetery before it was closed in June of the same year.

There are now 105 First World War burials in the cemetery. The cemetery was designed by G H Goldsmith.

Not far away at Huit Rues (sign posted from the centre square) is a V-1 Buzz Bomb site from the Second World War. It now forms part of the walk through the wood and has information panels explaining the general function of the buildings. An introduction to their supposed function can be found via the link at the bottom of the page.

 


Gunner Anthony Brazowski

Gunner Anthony Brazowski 134856
254th Siege Battery
Royal Garrison Artillery
Died on 3rd June 1918 aged 20
Son of Pius and Alexandra Brazowski,
of 289, Cable Street, Shadwell, London

Spoczywaj w Bogu synu
Kochany-Rodzice

Grave: I G 8


Private James Nash

Private James Nash 292008
1st Bn Devonshire Regiment
Died on 18th April 1019 aged 19
Son of James and Charlotte Nash,
of 136, Cattell Rd, Small Heath, Birmingham

Grave: I B 6

 

Shot at Dawn


Private William Spry

Private William Spry 305
2nd Bn Royal Fusiliers
Died on 14th June 1918 aged 29
Husband of Annie Spry,
of 96, New Church Road, Camberwell, London

Grave: I G 19

Shot for desertion

Despite having served both in the Dardanelles and at the Somme in 1916 young William had also taken to absenting himself on a regular basis. By 1918 he was already serving a suspended death sentence and when in May he took himself off again his fate was sealed. Picked up after only a few days in Boulogne he was returned to his unit who were in Morbecque at the time for the execution to be carried out.

 

Other cemeteries in the area


Recent Additions

Canadian Cemetery No.2

Givenchy Road Canadian Cemetery

Petit Vimy British Cemetery

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