BEUVRY COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
Pas de Calais
General Directions: Beuvry is a town in the Pas de Calais, approximately 3 kilometres east of Bethune. The Communal Cemetery is 200 metres north of the church on Rue Edouart Vallant. The main war graves plot will be found directly opposite the entrance with scattered smaller plots to the right of this.
Beuvry village was largely occupied during the War by Royal Engineers, Supply units and Artillery horse-lines. It remained in British possession even during the German offensive of April, 1918. Beuvry Communal Cemetery was used by units and Field Ambulances from November, 1914, to August, 1916. The Cemetery Extension was begun in March, 1916, and used by units and field ambulances until October, 1918. After the Armistice graves were concentrated into it from the battlefields of 1914-18, North and East of Bethune.
Rank: Lieutenant, Service No: 107894, Date of Death: 12/01/1940, Age: 41, Regiment/Service: Lancashire Fusiliers 2nd Bn. , Awards: V C, D C M, Grave Reference I. B. 7., Native of Maryport, Cumberland.
Citation: The following details were given in the London Gazette supplement of October 18th, 1918. Sjt. Edward Smith, D.C.M., Lancashire Fusiliers, while in command of a platoon, personally took a machine gun post with rifle and bayonet, killing at least six of the enemy, regardless of the hand grenades they flung at him. Later he led his men to the assistance of another platoon he saw in difficulties, took command, and captured the objective. During the counter attack next day he led forward a section and restored a portion of the line. His personal bravery, skill and initiative were outstanding, and his conduct throughout an inspiring example to all.
Shot at Dawn: Private J Archibald, 17th Bn. Royal Scots, executed for desertion 04/06/1916, plot 2. D. 15. (Extension)
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 204, South Africa 2, Total Burials: 206
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