AIX-NOULETTE COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
Pas de Calais
Aix-Noulette is a village in the
Department of the Pas-de-Calais, about 13 kilometres south of Bethune on the
main road to Arras. From Arras take the D937 towards Bethune. 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.
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.
Casualty Details: UK 257, Canada 492, France 502, Total Burials: 1251
Charles Leonard Bennett
9th Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment
12/04/1917 - 13/04/1917, aged 19.
Son of Samuel James and Mary Elizabeth Bennett, of 16, Prospect Row, Woolwich, London.
Plot I. A. 22.
This soldier was officially registered as Charles Leonard Bennett although his actual name was actually Leonard Charles Bennett. The reason for the change being that Leonard had been nicknamed ‘Elsie’ at school because of his initials. Not wishing to be known as ‘Elsie’ in the army, the enterprising lad turned his names around!
Because his elder brother Albert (my father) had joined up, he tried to enlist at the age of 16, but his fib was discovered and he was sent home. When he reached the correct age for enlistment, he joined the Royal Sussex, and was sadly killed near Arras in April 1917 at the age of 19.
Picture courtesy of his nephew, Derek Bennett
Ruins of Aix-Noulette Church. August-September 1916.
© IWM (Q 14749)
1st/8th Bn. Sherwood Foresters (Notts and Derby Regiment)
23/06/1917, aged 33.
Plot I. F. 17.
Husband of Mrs
I Grosse, of Newark
Picture courtesy of Pete Stevens
Archibald Adolphus Louis Dee
10th Bn. Canadian Infantry
09/02/1918, aged 26.
Son of Mary A. E. Dee, of 65, Clive Rd., Fratton, Portsmouth, England, and the late Joseph A. Dee.
Born at Kingstanley, Stonehouse, Glos., England.
Plot I. S. 20.
Archie was born in Jersey Channel Islands on May 9th
1891 and was the son of
He transferred to the 10th Battalion on 26th April 1915
and was then in
On 22nd April 1916 he was again injured. This time it
was a wound to the
Note: As can be seen in the following images, the original cross erected showed Archie as a Lance Corporal, the CWGC show him to be a Private
Dawn: 448160 Private G. Comte 22nd Bn. Canadian Infantry
executed for desertion on 03/07/1917. Plot I. F. 20
Shot at Dawn: 672604 Private J. La Lancette, 22nd Bn. Canadian Infantry, executed for desertion 03/07/1917. Plot I. F. 21.
The mass pardon of 306 British Empire soldiers executed for certain offences during the Great War was enacted in section 359 of the Armed Forces Act 2006, which came into effect on royal assent on 8 November 2006.