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Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension

Location

Aix-Noulette is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, about 13 kilometres south of Béthune on the main road to Arras. From Arras take the D937 towards Béthune. At Aix-Noulette, turn right at the church. The Communal Cemetery and Extension are a few hundred metres on the left side of the road to Bully-Grenay.

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Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension

 

Historical Information

The Cemetery Extension was begun by French troops early in 1915, and the two French plots are next to the Communal Cemetery. It was taken over by the 1st and 2nd Divisions in February 1916, and used by fighting units and Field Ambulances until October 1918. It was increased after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the battlefields to the East.

There are now 749 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war commemorated here, 61 being unidentified. There are also 502 French burials here.

The cemetery covers an area of 5,198 square metres and is enclosed by a red brick wall on three sides, and on the South by the wall of the Communal Cemetery.

 


Private Gustav Comte

Private Gustav Comté 448160
22nd Bn Canadian Infantry
Quebec Regiment
Died on 3rd July 1917 aged 21
Son of Joseph Comté
of 621 St Catherine Rd Outremont

Grave: I F 20

Shot at Dawn for desertion

Comté disappeared on his way up to the trenches on 4th April 1917. This was just days before the assault on Vimy Ridge in which his battalion would have a leading role. He was arrested on 18th May 1917 in the port of Le Havre.

Tried on 7th June 1917 for desertion he was executed with La Lancette (below) on 3rd July.


Private Joseph La Lancette

Private Joseph La Lancette 672604
22nd Bn Canadian Infantry
Quebec Regiment
Died on 3rd July 1917 aged 21
Brother of Marie La Lancette

Grave: I F 21

Shot at Dawn for desertion

Like Comté (above) La Lancette absented himself just before the assault on Vimy Ridge. In his case on 6th April 1917 and managed to avoid arrest for thirty days.

Going absent was always viewed with a poor eye but immediately before battle was considered all but unpardonable. Fellow soldiers would have considered themselves let-down as every extra soldier in the line reduced the chances of becoming a casualty.

 

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