QUATRE-VENTS MILITARY CEMETERY
Pas de Calais
General Directions: Estree-Cauchy is a village 16 kilometres north-west of Arras on the main road from Arras to Boulogne. Les Quatre-Vents is a hamlet about 2 kilometres south-east of Estree-Cauchy. The cemetery is found just north of the junction of the main road (D341) and the road from Aubingy-en-Artois to Servins (D57).
The area was used by Dressing Stations during the greater part of the War, and the cemetery was begun by French troops in June 1915, and carried on by British Field Ambulances from March 1916 to April 1918. The 335 French and 19 German graves were removed after the Armistice to other cemeteries.
There are now over 100, 1914-18 casualties and one 1939-45 war casualty commemorated in this site.
The cemetery covers an area of 1,428 square metres and is enclosed by a rubble wall.
Shot at Dawn: 11528 Private, Frederick Harding, 1st Bn. King's Royal Rifle Corps, executed for desertion 29/06/1916, aged 21. Plot II. A. 6.
Shot at Dawn: 12182 Private, Allan Murphy, 9th Bn. Cameronians, (Scottish Rifles) executed for desertion 17/08/1916 Plot II. A. 9.
Shot at Dawn: 457241 Private, Henry H. Kerr, 7th Bn. Canadian Infantry, executed for desertion 21/11/1916. Plot III. A. 9.
Shot at Dawn: 177753 Private, John Maurice Higgins, 1st Bn. Canadian Infantry, executed for desertion 07/12/1916, aged 24. Plot I. B. 2. Son of David and Emma Higgins, of 24, Gwynne Avenue, Toronto, Canada. Born at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.
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 55, Canada 77, South Africa 4, India 1, Total Burials: 137