DOURLERS COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
General Directions: Doulers (previously Dourlers) is a small village on the D33 off the main road N2 between Maubeuge and Avesnes-sur-Helpe. The Communal Cemetery Extension, in the Communal Cemetery in the village, will be found by taking the first right turning coming in from the N2.
Dourlers village was in German hands during almost the whole of the First World War. It was taken on 7 November 1918, after heavy fighting, by the 6th Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the 1st K.O.Y.L.I.
The communal cemetery was used by the Germans during the war, but in November 1918, a small extension was made by Commonwealth troops at the west end. After the Armistice, the German graves from the communal cemetery and others from the battlefields, together with Commonwealth graves from isolated positions and the following small cemeteries, were brought into the extension:-
LIMONT-FONTAINE COMMUNAL CEMETERY GERMAN EXTENSION, contained 45 graves;
LANCASHIRE CEMETERY, ST. HILAIRE-SUR-HELPE, contained 15 graves.
The Extension contains 161 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 14 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to four casualties known or believed to be buried among them. The extension also contains 108 German burials, 62 of which are unidentified.
Captain Arthur Moore Lascelles, VC, MC, 3rd Bn. Durham Light Infantry, died 07/11/1918 aged 38 years, plot II. C. 24., Son of John Lascelles, of Milford Hall, Newtown, Mont.; husband of Sophia Lascelles.
Citation: An extract from "The London Gazette," No. 30471, dated 8th Jan., 1918, records the following:-"For most conspicuous bravery, initiative and devotion to duty when in command of his company in a very exposed position. After a very heavy bombardment during which Capt. Lascelles was wounded, the enemy attacked in strong force but was driven off, success being due in a great degree to the fine example set by this officer, who, refusing to allow his wound to be dressed, continued to encourage his men and organise the defence. Shortly afterwards the enemy again attacked and captured the trench, taking several of his men prisoners. Capt. Lascelles at once jumped on to the parapet and followed by the remainder of his company, 12 men only, rushed across under very heavy machine-gun fire and drove over 60 of the enemy back, thereby saving a most critical situation. He was untiring in reorganising the position, but shortly afterwards the enemy again attacked and captured the trench and Capt. Lascelles, who escaped later. The remarkable determination and gallantry of this officer in the course of operations, during which he received two further wounds, afforded an inspiring example to all."
Casualty Details: UK 161, Germany 108, Total Burials: 269