Pas de Calais



General Directions: Habarcq is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, 12 kilometres west of Arras, a little south of the main Arras-St.Pol road. The Communal Cemetery is on the north side of the village on the road to Haute-Avesnes (D61), and the Extension is on the north and west side of the Communal Cemetery.

The extension to the communal cemetery was begun by French troops in 1914 and was used by them until March 1916. Commonwealth forces (XVII Corps) then took over this part of the front and field ambulances continued to bury in the extension using the plots which are now numbered I, V and VIII. In March 1917, the extension was closed, except for two later burials in Plot V.

Habarcq Communal Cemetery Extension contains 179 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war. There are also 15 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-1945 war here, 11 of which are unidentified. There are also 378 French burials of the 1914-1918 war here.

The cemetery was designed by
William Harrison Cowlishaw.

Shot at Dawn: 5626 Private John McQuade, 18th Bn. Highland Light Infantry, executed for desertion on 06/11/1916. Plot VIII. J. 7.

Shot at Dawn: 5323 Private Hugh Flynn, 18th Bn. Highland Light Infantry, executed for desertion on 15/11/1916. Plot VIII. G. 7. Son of Mrs. Jane Todd, of 171, High St., Dumbarton.

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 171, New Zealand 2, South Africa 6, France 378, Total Burials: 557


10009 Private

William Henry Tucker

1st Bn. Devonshire Regiment

09/06/1916, aged 19.

Son of Henry and Sarah Ann Tucker, of 27, Quay Rd., Newton Abbot, Devon.

Plot I. E. 3.


"My grandma's favourite brother"


Picture courtesy of Mary Illing



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