Pas de Calais
General Directions: Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt is 16 kilometres south-east of Arras and 4 kilometres south of the Arras-Cambrai main road. Dominion Cemetery is 2.5 kilometres north-east of Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt, in fields reached by a track signposted off the road (the D956) between Hendecourt and the main Arras to Cambrai road (the D939).
Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt was captured by the 57th (West Lancashire)
and 52nd (Lowland) Division on the night of the 1st-2nd September, 1918.
Victoria Cross: 426402 Sergeant Arthur George Knight, VC. 10th Bn. Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment), died of wounds 03/09/1918, aged 32. Plot I. F. 15. Croix de Guerre (France). Native of Haywards Heath, Sussex.
Citation: An extract from the "London Gazette," No. 31012, dated 12th Nov., 1918, records the following :- "For most conspicuous bravery, initiative, and devotion to duty when, after an unsuccessful attack, Serjt. Knight led a bombing section forward, under very heavy fire of all descriptions, and engaged the enemy at close quarters. Seeing that his party continued to be held up, he dashed forward alone, bayoneting several of the enemy machine-gunners and trench-mortar crews, and forcing the remainder to retire in confusion. He then brought forward a Lewis gun and directed his fire on the retreating enemy, inflicting many casualties. In the subsequent advance of his platoon in pursuit, Serjt. Knight saw a party of about thirty of the enemy go into a deep tunnel which led off the trench. He again dashed forward alone, and, having killed one officer and two N.C.O.s., captured twenty other ranks. Subsequently he routed, single-handed, another enemy party which was opposing the advance of his platoon. On each occasion he displayed the greatest valour under fire at very close range, and by his example of courage, gallantry and initiative was a wonderful inspiration to all. This very gallant N.C.O. was subsequently fatally wounded."
Casualty Details: UK 17, Canada 214, Total Burials: 231