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Foncquevillers Military Cemetery


Foncquevillers is a village about 18 km south-west of Arras on the D3. The Military Cemetery is on the western outskirts of the village and a CWGC signpost indicating the direction of the site is situated at the junction just beyond the village green on the D3, coming from Arras.

Foncquevillers Military Cemetery


Historical Information

In 1915 and 1916 the Allied front line ran between Foncquevillers and Gommecourt. The cemetery was begun by French troops, and taken over by Commonwealth forces. It remained in use by units and field ambulances until March 1917, the burials in July 1916 (particularly in Plot I, Row L) being especially numerous. The cemetery was used again from March to August 1918, when the German offensive brought the front line back to nearly the old position.

Seventy-four graves were brought in after the Armistice from the battlefields of 1916 and 1918 to the east of the village and the 325 French military graves were removed to La Targette French National Cemetery, near Arras. The village of Foncquevillers was adopted by the town of Derby.

The cemetery contains 648 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. 53 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to two casualties known to be buried among them.

There are five airmen of the Second World War buried in the cemetery, and four Germans.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Foncquevillers Military Cemetery


Rifleman Albert Tench

Rifleman Albert Tench S/20307
12th Bn The Rifle Brigade
Died on 7th October 1916 aged 29
Husband of Alice Tench
of Bevois Mount House, Cedar Rd., Southampton

Grave: I E 28

Private William Finlay

Private William Finlay 1657
North Irish Horse
Died on 23rd June 1916 aged 19
Son of William and Mareia Finlay
of 28. Glenallen St., Belfast

Grave: I E 11

Private John Carter

Private John Carter 4758
5th Bn North Staffordshire Regiment
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 20
Son of the late John and Selena Carter
of Hanley, Staffs

Collective Grave: I L 8

L/Corporal George Duke

L/Corporal George Duke 1883
7th Bn Sherwood Foresters
(Notts and Derby Regiment)
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 20
Son of Edmund and Alice Duke
of 33, Thorneywood Rise, Nottingham

Grave: I L 32

Lt Colonel Cecil Humphries

Lt Colonel Cecil Humphries
DSO MC and Bar DCM
1st Bn Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
Died on 22nd August 1918 aged 31
Son of Mrs. A. R. Humphries,
of Hinemoa St., Birkenhead, Auckland, New Zealand
and the late Charles Humphries
Born at Mataura, Southland, New Zealand

Grave: III B 8

Cartwright and Dubeau

Flying Officer Laird Cartwright J/28358
Air Bomber 427 Squadron
Royal Canadian Air Force
Died on 13th June 1944

Pilot Officer Edward Dubeau J/90710
Air Gunner 427 Squadron
Royal Canadian Air Force
Died on 13th June 1944 aged 23
Son of David and Mary Dubeau
of Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada

Collective Grave: I A 2A


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