SANDPITS BRITISH CEMETERY
Pas de Calais
General Directions: Fouquereuil is a small village in the Department of the Pas- de-Calais between Bethune and Bruay la Buissiere. Leave the village on the D181 heading towards Gosnay. 1.5 kilometres from the church turn right onto Rue des Potieres. After 200 metres turn left and pass under the Motorway. The cemetery is 400 metres from the Motorway bridge slightly to the north, on the edge of a woodland.
The cemetery was begun by XIII Corps at the outset of the German advance in April 1918, and continued to be used by them until September 1918.
Shot at Dawn: Private P. Murphy, 47th Bn. Machine Gun Corps, executed for desertion 12/09/1918, plot 4. E. 5.
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 393, India 1, Total Burials: 394
2nd Bn. Suffolk Regiment
13/05/1918, aged 28.
Husband of Joanna Brickles, 5, Marsh St., Newport, Middlesbrough.
Plot I. H. 3.
courtesy of Judith Marshall - his sister Elsie Eleanor Simpson was my
grandmother, and I so wish I had been able to trace him for her. She died
aged 102 in Middlesbrough.