Pas de Calais



General Directions: Mazingarbe is a small town located in the Pas de Calais between the larger town of Lens and Bethune. Mazingarbe Communal Cemetery and Extension is situated adjacent to the Sains-en-Gohelle road from Mazingarbe on the D75, which can be reached from two major roads, the D932 Arras to Bethune road, and the N43 Lens to Bethune road. There are signposts to the cemetery visible in the centre of Mazingarbe town and on the D75 road. Access to the cemetery and parking is best obtained by taking a small side street off the D75. It should be noted that a one-way system is permanently in operation in Mazingarbe town. The War Graves will be found in two parts of the Communal Cemetery and, as with all town cemeteries, opening hours must be observed.

MAZINGARBE COMMUNAL CEMETERY was used by units and field ambulances from June 1915 to February 1916. It contains 108 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 24 French war graves.

Victoria Cross: 18274 Private Robert Dunsire, VC. 13th Bn. Royal Scots, 30/01/1916, aged 24. Grave 18. (Communal)


Citation: An extract from the London Gazette, No. 29371, dated 16th Nov., 1915, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery on Hill 70 on 26th Sept., 1915. Pte. Dunsire went out under very heavy fire and rescued a wounded man from between the firing lines. Later, when another man considerably nearer the German lines was heard shouting for help, he crawled out again with utter disregard to the enemy's fire and carried him in also. Shortly afterwards the Germans attacked over this ground."



Shot at Dawn: 9948 Private J. Graham, 2nd Bn. Royal Munster Fusiliers executed for desertion 21/12/1915. Grave 42.

Shot at Dawn: S/9672 Private J. Docherty 9th Bn. Black Watch, executed for desertion 15/02/1916. Grave 3.

Shot at Dawn: 9840 Private J. T. Jones of the 1st Bn. Northamptonshire Regiment, executed for desertion 24/02/1916. Grave 104.

Shot at Dawn: 4437 Private A. Dale 13th Bn. Royal Scots, executed for murder 03/03/1916. Grave 103.

Shot at Dawn: B/21000 Corporal C. Lewis 12th Bn. Highland Light Infantry, executed for desertion 11/03/1916. Grave 98.

Casualty Details: (Communal) UK 108, Total Burials: 108


The adjoining COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION was begun by the 16th (Irish) Division in April 1916 and was used until October 1918. It contains 248 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and two German graves.

The extension was designed by
Sir Edwin Lutyens & William Harrison Cowlishaw.



Shot at Dawn: 1/15134 Private A. O'Neil, 1st Bn. South Wales Borderers, executed for desertion 30/04/1916. Plot 1. A. 12. 

Shot at Dawn: L/36251 Driver J. W. Hasemore, 180th Bde. Royal Field Artillery, executed for disobedience 12/05/1916. Plot 1. B. 5.

Shot at Dawn: 12727 Private J. Thomas, 2nd Bn. Welsh Regiment, executed for desertion 20/05/1916. Plot. 1. D. 2.

Shot at Dawn: L/10414 Private W. H. Burrell, 2nd Bn. Royal Sussex Regiment, executed for desertion 22/05/1916. Plot 1. D. 3.

Shot at Dawn: R/19333 Rifleman E. A. Card, 20th Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps. executed for desertion 22/09/1916.Plot 1. D. 7.

Shot at Dawn: A/38119 Private C. Welsh of the 8th Bn. Canadian Infantry, executed for desertion 06/03/1918. Plot 3. B. 12.


Casualty Details: (Extension) UK 182, Canada 66, Total Burials: 248


3761 Private

John Mahony

8th Bn. Royal Munster Fusiliers

29/07/1916, aged 25.

Plot I. C. 12. (Extension)

Inset, is his Widow, Bridget who never remarried and died in 1972. They were married just 10 days when he moved with his Battalion to Ypres in 1915.

This photo is taken from an oil painting of John, specially commissioned by Bridget following his death.

This Image and Dedication courtesy of Relatives Ann and Gerry O'Sullivan of Clarecastle, Co. Clare, Ireland.





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