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Acheux British Cemetery

Location

Acheux lies on the D938, the main road from Albert to Doullens, approximately 10 Kms out of Albert.

As you arrive in Acheux the church will be seen on your right and you will come to a crossroads. Turn left on to the D114 in the direction of Lealvillers and the cemetery will be found 800 metres further along on the right hand side of the road.

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Acheux British Cemetery

 

Historical Information

The VIII Corps Collection Station was placed at Acheux in readiness for the Battle of the Somme in 1916 and the graves of July, August and September 1916, in Row A and part of Row B, are the earliest in the cemetery.

A few graves in Row B mark the period of eighteen months during which the field ambulances had moved eastwards and the cemetery was little used. The remaining graves cover the period April to August 1918, when the German offensives brought the Allied front line within 8 kilometres of Acheux.

There are now 180 First World War burials in the cemetery.

The cemetery was designed by N A Rew.

 


Private George Green

Private George Green 10718
2nd Bn Duke of Wellington’s
(West Riding Regiment)
Died on 2nd July 1916 aged 20
Son of John and Harriet Green
of 20, Upper Grange, Marsden, nr. Huddersfield

Grave: I A 1

 


Private William Nelson

Private William Nelson 14387
14th Bn Durham Light Infantry
Died on 11th August 1916 aged 22
Son of Henry Nelson and the late Alice
of 10, Back Adelaide Row, Seaham Harbour

Grave: I B 8

Shot at Dawn for desertion

William Nelson had volunteered at 17 on the outbreak of war. His mother died not long afterwards and on the first anniversary of her death Nelson went absent. For this and a subsequent absence he was given a year’s prison and then penal servitude for life (invariably lengthy prison sentences were suspended to ensure that the culprit went back to the ranks and not a safe prison cell).

By now Nelson was responsible for his two younger siblings after his father had been captured at sea. His plea that his absence at Ieper was caused by his being overburdened with worries about his family fell on deaf ears—in part due to his previous convictions and in part due to a damning character report from his Commanding Officer.

 

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