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Steenwerck is a village in the Department of the Nord, on the south-west side of the Armentieres to Bailleul road (D933). The cemetery is located on the south-west side of the village on the D38.

Steenwerck remained untouched for much of the First World War, but on 10 April 1918 it was captured during the German advance and remained in their hands until the beginning of October.

The original cemetery (now Plot I, Rows A to D) was made by fighting units and field ambulances in April and October 1918, and contained 55 graves. It was increased after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields of Steenwerck, Nieppe and Armentieres. Among them were 116 Commonwealth graves from STEENWERCK GERMAN CEMETERY, a large burial ground on the Steenwerck-Trois Arbres road.

Le Grand Beaumart British Cemetery contains 553 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 108 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 12 casualties known to be buried among them, and to three soldiers buried in the cemetery in April 1918 whose graves were destroyed by shell fire. Eight other special memorials commemorate casualties known to have been buried in Steenwerck German Cemetery whose graves could not be found.

The cemetery was designed by
Sir Herbert Baker

Casualty Details: UK 552, Canada 1, Total Burials: 553





13/931 Private

Harry Rowe

1st/5th Battalion York and Lancaster Regiment

11/04/1918, aged 21.

Son of John S. and Mary E. Rowe, of 17, Milton St., Wombwell, Yorks.

Plot I. E. 14


Picture courtesy of Sydney Rowe Bardsley, nephew of this soldier








Shot at Dawn

2701 Lance Corporal William John Irvine, 1st Bn. King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment), executed for desertion 20/04/1915, aged 19. Son of Jane Irvine, of 124, Stoop Street, Barrow-in-Furness. Plot III. H. 19.

8136 Private James Kershaw, 1st Bn. King's Own (Royal Lancaster Regiment), executed for desertion, 26/04/1915. Plot III. H. 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.