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Location Information

Esquelbecq is a village and commune in the Department of the Nord, near the Belgian frontier and 24 kilometres north of Hazebrouck and the same distance south of Dunkirk. The Communal Cemetery is on the North side of the village.

Historical Information

Esquelbecq Communal Cemetery contains two Commonwealth burials of the First World War.


Shot at Dawn:

9694 Private John Henry Abigail, 8th Bn. Norfolk Regiment, executed for desertion 12/09/1917, aged 20. Son of John James and Susannah Maria Abigail, of 17, Distillery Yard, Oak St., Norwich.

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.

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Other Burial Details:  77707 Corporal A. L. Bowring, Royal Engineers who died on the 15/05/1916.