BERTRANCOURT MILITARY CEMETERY
General Directions: Bertrancourt is a village in the Department of the Somme. Using the D919 from Arras to Amiens you will drive through the villages of Bucquoy, Puisieux, Serre-les-Puisieux and then Mailly-Maillet (approximately 25 kilometres south of Arras). On leaving Mailly-Maillet, 100 metres further along the D919, turn left following the signs for Bertrancourt village (approximately 3 kilometres). On arrival at Bertrancourt take the first turning left and continue for 300 metres. A signpost will be seen which will direct you right onto a small lane which continues straight to Bertrancourt Military Cemetery.
The cemetery was used by field ambulances in 1916 and 1917 and again by corps and divisional burial parties in the critical months of June, July and August 1918, when German advances brought the front line to within 8 kilometres of Bertrancourt. Many of the graves here are of Lancashire and Yorkshire regiments.
The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.
Shot at Dawn: L/11710 Private, Thomas Alfred Ansted, 4th Bn. Royal Fusiliers, executed for desertion, 15/11/1916, aged 29. Plot 1. J. 12. Son of Mary Ann and the late Henry John Ansted, of 9, Wood End Cottages, Northolt, Middlesex.
Shot at Dawn: 27555 Private, John Taylor, 15th Bn. Lancashire Fusiliers, executed for desertion, 27/01/1917. Plot 2. A. 15. Husband of Gertrude Taylor, of 24, Mount St., Hulme, Manchester.
Shot at Dawn: 12384 Private, Alexander Reid, 16th Bn. Highland Light Infantry, executed for desertion, 31/01/1917, aged 30. Plot 2. A. 17.
Shot at Dawn: 251482 Private, William Murphey, 1st/5th Bn. Royal Scots, executed for desertion, 07/02/1917. Plot 2. A. 19.
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.
Casualty Details: UK 388, Canada 2, New Zealand 26, Germany 3, Total Burials: 419