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Luke Copse British Cemetery

Location

Puisieux is a village 15 kilometres north of Albert and 26 kilometres south of Arras.

The easiest way to reach the cemetery is to follow the D919 from Arras (sometimes indicated as N319), through the villages of Ayette, Bucquoy and Puisieux. Continue along this road, past the tiny village of Serre-les-Puisieux, until you come to a large farm surrounded by tall poplar trees and adjacent to the large Serre Road Cemetery No.1. On your right you will see a set of CWGC direction signs indicating the way to a group of small cemeteries and the Sheffield Memorial Park. Luke Copse British Cemetery is the third cemetery along the dirt track. It is situated in open fields facing the memorial park.

Vehicles are not supposed to use the track. Park at Serre Road Cemetery No 1 and walk. Ensure that your vehicle is locked and all valuables secured.

Luke Copse British Cemetery

 

Historical Information

The village of Puisieux was taken by Commonwealth forces on the 28th February 1917, lost on the 26th March 1918 and recovered on the following 21st August.

In the spring of 1917, the battlefields of the Somme and Ancre were cleared by V Corps and a number of new cemeteries were made. Luke Copse British Cemetery (originally known as V Corps Cemetery No. 19) is on the old front line of July 1916. It is named from one of four small plantations that were on or close behind that line, between Serre and Hébuterne. The graves are of casualties of the 31st and 3rd Divisions, who died in attacks on 1st July and 13th November 1916.

There are now 72 First World War burials in the cemetery, 28 of them unidentified.

The cemetery was designed by N A Rew.

 

Brothers killed the same day


Lance Corporal Frank Gunstone

Lance Corporal Frank Gunstone 660
12th Bn York and Lancaster Regiment
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 25

Sons of William and Addie Gunstone
of 11, Ashland Rd., Nether Edge, Sheffield.

Grave: 11

Joined up and died together

As can be seen by their consecutive numbers (660 and 661) the two Gunstone brothers had, like many others from the early days of the war, joined up with all their mates and family.

Their Battalion was known more informally as the Sheffield City Battalion and fought over this very area on the 1st July 1916.

Deaths amongst these Pals Battalions were so severe that from the Somme onwards recruits were sent where they were needed; my own great-grandfather a Surrey man through and through ended up with the Leicesters.


Private William Gunstone

Private William Gunstone 661
12th Bn York and Lancaster Regiment
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 24

Grave: 21

 


Private F Jackson

Private F Jackson
13th Bn East Yorkshire Regiment
Died on 13th November 1916

Grave: 35

 

Other cemeteries in the area


Recent Additions

Bailleul Road West Cemetery

Huy (La Sarte) Communal Cemetery

Les Baraques Military Cemetery

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