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28638 Rifleman, Arthur E. Allsop, 12th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps. Executed for desertion 15/06/1917, aged 21,Son of John and Eliza Allsop, of 5, Club Row, Bagthorpe, Nottingham. Plot I. B. 20.


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.

Favreuil is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais about 2 kilometres north of Bapaume.

From Bapaume take the road to Douai (D956) and continue for 2.5 kilometres. Turn left onto the D10E and continue for 350 metres. Favreuil British Cemetery will be found on the left hand side and is visible from the road.

Favreuil village was occupied by British troops in March, 1917, lost in March, 1918, and retaken by the 37th and New Zealand Divisions on the 25th August.

The cemetery was begun in April, 1917, and used until March, 1918, by fighting units (particularly of the 62nd (West Riding) Division) and Field Ambulances. Further burials were made in August and September, 1918, and after the Armistice British graves were brought in from the neighbouring battlefields and other burial grounds, including:-

BEAULENCOURT CHURCHYARD GERMAN EXTENSION, in which three South African soldiers and two from the United Kingdom were buried in July, 1916.

BEUGNY GERMAN CEMETERY No.3 (adjoining the present Red Cross Corner Cemetery), in which 350 German soldiers, eight from the United Kingdom and one from New Zealand were buried.

VELU CHURCHYARD, which contained the graves of 39 German soldiers and five from the United Kingdom.

There are now nearly 400, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over ten are unidentified and special memorials are erected to four soldiers from the United Kingdom known or believed to be buried among them. Another special memorial records the name of a soldier from the United Kingdom, buried in Favreuil German Cemetery, whose grave could not be found.

The bodies of 484 German soldiers were removed after the Armistice from a German Cemetery of 1918 on the North-West side, and 45 from the British Cemetery.

The cemetery covers an area of 1,983 square metres and is enclosed by a rubble wall.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens & William Harrison Cowlishaw

Casualty Details: UK 347, Canada 1, Australia 26, New Zealand 19, South Africa 3, Germany 13, Total Burials: 409



4012 Private

Noel Ernest Reginald Andreas

32nd Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

12/05/1917, aged 22.

Son of Ernest Albert and Ada Andreas. Native of Cottisloe, Western Australia.

Plot I. B. 33.

From Peppermint Grove, WA. A university student prior to enlistment, Pte Andreas embarked on HMAT Port Melbourne (A16) on 30 October 1916. He died near Vaux, France on 12 May 1917, aged 20 years.



2753 Private

Alfred Watts

56th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

19/05/1917, aged 24.

Son of Alfred and Charlotte Watts, of Crane St., Concord, New South Wales. Native of Hillgrove, New South Wales.

Plot I. B. 24.

A boilermaker prior to enlisting, he embarked from Sydney aboard the HMAT Ceramic (A40) on 7 October 1916. He was wounded in action, on 19 May 1917 while on a fatigue patrol between Vaux and Noreuil, near Bullecourt, France and died soon after en route to the Casualty Clearing Station, aged 24.






2459 Private

Reginald Port

56th Bn. Australian Infantry, A. I. F.

14/05/1917, aged 22.

Son of Thomas and Mary Ann Amelia Port, of Fitzhardinge St., Wagga Wagga, New South Wales.

Plot I. B. 26.


A labourer prior to enlistment on 15 February 1916, Pte Port embarked from Sydney aboard HMAT Aeneas (A 60) on 30 September 1916 with the 5th Reinforcements. On 14 May 1917, he died of wounds received at the Second Battle of Bullecourt,

aged 22.