Monday, 9 November 2009

Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, France

Feuchy Chapel British Cemetery, Wancourt. Pas de Calais, France lies in the valley of the Cojeul River nearly 2 kilometres south of the main road from Arras to Cambrai.

Wancourt was captured on 12 April 1917 after very heavy fighting, lost in March 1918, and retaken by the Canadian Corps on the following 26 August. The cemetery was begun by the VI Corps Burial Officer in May 1917, used at intervals until March 1918, and again in August and September 1918. At the Armistice, it contained 249 graves, all in the present Plot I. It was then enlarged when 834 graves (mainly of April and May 1917) were brought in from the battlefields of Fampoux, Roeux, Monchy and Wancourt, and from a few smaller burial grounds.

Buried here are 1.076 British soldiers, 26 Canadian and 1 from South Africa.

Above photograph taken by Shirley Sutherland or Morag Sutherland.  Thank you.

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