St. Nicolas

Pas de Calais



General DirectionsSte. Catherine and St. Nicolas are villages and districts in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais and adjoining the city of Arras on the north side. Ste. Catherine lying to the west, and St. Nicolas to the east of the N37 road to La Targette and Souchez. St. Nicolas British Cemetery lies along a footpath to the south of the Rue D'Enfer, which joins the road to Roclincourt.

From March 1916 to the Armistice, the village of St. Nicolas was occupied by Commonwealth forces and for much of that time it was within the range of German artillery fire. The cemetery was started in March 1917 and used by the divisions and field ambulances stationed there until October 1918.

St Nicolas British Cemetery contains 364 First World War burials.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield


Shot at Dawn: S/15240 Private Thomas Ward, 8th/10th Bn. Gordon Highlanders, executed for desertion 16/10/1917, aged 23. Plot II. C. 17. Son of Mrs. Ward, of 31, Society St., Glasgow; husband of Fanny Watt (formerly Ward).

Shot at Dawn: S/15954 Private, Norman Henry Taysum, 9th Bn. The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) executed for desertion 16/10/1917, aged 25. Plot II. C. 16. Son of Henry Alfred and Mary Ann Taysum, of 25, Rosyth Old Village, nr. Edinburgh.

Shot at Dawn: S/17688 Private, James Stark Adamson, 7th Bn. Cameron Highlanders, executed for cowardice 23/11/1917, aged 30. Plot II. C. 18. Husband of Annie P. Adamson, of 234, Links Street, Kirkaldy, Fife.

Shot at Dawn: S/9696 Private Hector Dalande, 8th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders, executed for desertion 09/03/1918. Plot II. D. 1. Husband of Jessie Henry (formerly Dalande), of 66, Big Vennel, Cromarty, Ross-shire.

Casualty Details: UK 350, Canada 3, Australia 2, South Africa 9, Total Burials: 364


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.




S/5832 Serjeant

Torquil Macleod

9th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders

06/06/1917, aged 30.

Son of Mr. and Mrs. Torquil Macleod, of Knock, Stornoway, Lewis.

Plot I. L. 13.


Torquil was the youngest son of my great-grandparents. His brother, my grandfather, Donald Macleod, served in the RNVR on HMS Pembroke, and had died in January 1917.


Picture courtesy of Mairi Rennie




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