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Achicourt Road Cemetery

Location

Achicourt Road Cemetery is 2 kilometres south of the centre of Arras and is on the east side of the road to Amiens.

The cemetery is located at the crossroads D919 Arras to Bucquoy and the D5F Beaurains to Achicourt, which is now part of a new roundabout. The cemetery is about 50 metres off the roundabout on the righthandside going towards Arras and a CWGC signpost is erected on the pavement. Access to the cemetery is by a turfed chemin d’access between allotments and houses.

There is just enough room to park on the pavement.

Achicourt Road Cemetery

 

Historical Information

The cemetery was begun in March 1917 and used until June. The graves of these four months are in Rows A to C, and the majority are of officers and men of the London Regiment. The cemetery came into use again in August and September 1918, when Rows D and E (mostly Canadian graves) were made. Graves, from Achicourt Churchyard Extension, were added to Row E after the Armistice.

Achicourt Road Cemetery contains 131 First World War burials, eight of which are unidentified.

The cemetery was designed by W H Cowlishaw.

Achicourt Road Cemetery

Canadian author Michel Gravel amongst the Canadian fallen

 


Captain Eric Clarke

Captain Eric Clarke
3rd Bn London Regiment
Royal Fusiliers
Died on 9th April 1917 aged 23
Son of Sir Frederick Clarke, C.B., and Lady Clark
of Cheniston Gardens, Kensington, London
Gazetted to 2/3rd Bn London Regiment
(Royal Fusiliers) August 1914
Served and was wounded in Gallipoli
in October 1915
Held rank of Major for short time in Egypt
Attached to 1/13th Bn London Regiment
after returning from Egypt

Grave: B 22

Scholar of Corpus Christi
College Oxford
Author of
“The Infantryman”


Private Rudolf Mehring

Private Rudolf Mehring 1045864
15th Bn Canadian Infantry
48th Highlanders of Canada
Died on 29th August 1918 aged 25
Son of Michael and Gottliebin Mehring
of 3021, Lycaste Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.

Grave: D 10


Private Ernest Rose

Private Ernest Rose 285538
15th Bn Canadian Infantry
48th Highlanders of Canada
Died on 29th August 1918 aged 29
Son of Andrew and Maria Rose
of Aurora, Ontario

Grave: D 9

 

Shot at Dawn


Rifleman Walter Yeoman

Rifleman Walter Yeoman 474371
1/12th Bn London Regiment
The Rangers
Died on 3rd July 1917 aged 22

Grave: B 16

Executed for Desertion

Yeoman enlisted in May 1915 and arrived on the Western Front in January 1917. In April he deserted but was captured. At his court martial he was sentenced to death but this was commuted to 15 years suspended (All of these prison sentences were suspended to ensure that the soldier went back to the front as opposed to languishing in the safety of a prison cell back in Britain).

Within weeks of this trial he deserted again and the court didn’t give him a third chance. He had been in France less than six months.


Private James Mayers

Private James Mayers 492050
1/13th (Kensington) Bn
London Regiment
Died on 16th June 1917
Son of Mrs M Mayers
of 193, Morning Lane, Hackney, London

Grave: C 11

Executed for Desertion

Mayers had arrived in France in September 1916 and by June 1917 had already been given a suspended death sentence for quitting his post. His second trial had come about after he had slipped away from the ranks after a tour in the trenches.

 


Recent Additions

Canadian Cemetery No.2

Givenchy Road Canadian Cemetery

Petit Vimy British Cemetery

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