Yorkshire Regiment War Graves
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Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt (France)
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Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt, Pas de Calais (France)
Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt, Pas de Calais (France)
(Photo : Christopher Weekes, <weebex12@hotmail.com>)

Vis-En-Artois and Haucourt were taken by the Canadian Corps on 27 August 1918. The cemetery was begun immediately afterwards and was used by fighting units and field ambulances until the middle of October. It consisted originally of 430 graves (in Plots I and II) of which 297 were Canadian and 55 belonged to the 2nd Duke of Wellington's Regiment. It was increased after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the battlefields of April-June 1917, August and September 1918, and from the smaller cemeteries in the neighbourhood.

The cemetery now contains 2,369 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 1,458 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to eight casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

Amongst the graves are those for 9 soldiers who had served with the Yorkshire Regiment.

We are extremely grateful to Christopher Weekes (<weebex12@hotmail.com>) and Chris Cosgrove (<trainscpc@aol.com>) who have generously provided the photographs of the headstones and of the cemetery.

For a larger sized image of a headstone, which opens in a new window, select a thumbnail-sized image (below).


Private J Anderson
Private John Anderson. 39073.
2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 31 March 1917.
Born Trimdon (Durham), Enlisted Ferryhill, Resided Thornley.

Photo by Christopher Weekes, <weebex12@hotmail.com>

Private Edwin Blakeway. 34882.
Private Edwin Blakeway. 34882.
2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), formerly 48449 Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 31 August 1918. Aged 19.
Born Heath Town (Wolverhampton), Enlisted Bilston, Resided Heath Town.
(Shown in the CWGC Register as "R E Blakeway", but in medal roll and SDGW as "Edwin Blakeway").

Photo by Mrs Gill Ellam, <clionys@hotmail.com>

Private Francis George Bradley, 235746.
2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), formerly 2433 Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Mr. and Mrs. J. Bradley, of "Seafield," Coatham Rd., Redcar, Yorks. Killed 30 August 1918. Aged 22.
Enlisted Redcar.

"A DAILY THOUGHT
AN EVERLASTING MEMORY"

Photo by Chris Cosgrove (<trainscpc@aol.com>)

Private Thomas Henry Coope. 25517. 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), formerly 9705 the Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 2 September 1918.
Born Thirsk (Yorks), Enlisted Thirsk.

(Neil Irving, - webmaster@sowerby.org.uk, has provided additional information on Private Coope. This is shown in the footnote below)


Photo by Chris Cosgrove (<trainscpc@aol.com>)

Private Michael Lydon
Private Michael Lydon. 48517.
2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 1 September 1918.
Born Batley (Yorks), Enlisted Batley.

Photo by Christopher Weekes, <weebex12@hotmail.com>

Company Serjeant Major Jack Robinson, MM
Company Serjeant Major Jack Robinson, MM . 3/9627.
2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Husband of Betty Robinson, of 32, Micklegate, York. Killed 31 August 1918. Aged 43.
Born Leeds, Enlisted Leeds, Resided York.
(Shown in SDGW as "Private John Robinson")

Photo by Christopher Weekes, <weebex12@hotmail.com>

Private Matthew Robson
Private Matthew Robson. 18799.
2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 1 September 1918.
Born Carlisle, Enlisted Shiney Row, Resided Old Penshaw (Fencehouses).

Photo by Christopher Weekes, <weebex12@hotmail.com>

Private George Thomas Wilkinson
Private George Thomas Wilkinson. 19945.
2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Killed 4 September 1918.
Born Crook, Enlisted Stockton-on-Tees, Resided Eaglescliffe.

Photo by Christopher Weekes, <weebex12@hotmail.com>

Private John William Yeo
Private John William Yeo, 14485.
2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Ann Yeo, of 9, Thomas St., Monkwearmouth, Sunderland; husband of Margaret Hebron (formerly Yeo), of 11, Victoria Terrace, Old Penshaw, Philadelphia, Co. Durham. Killed 31 August 1918. Aged 28.
Born Houghton-le-Spring, Enlisted Shiney Row, Resided Fencehouses.

Photo by Christopher Weekes, <weebex12@hotmail.com>

Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt, Pas de Calais (France)
Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt, Pas de Calais (France)
(Photo : Christopher Weekes, <weebex12@hotmail.com>)

The Dedication to Those with No Known Graves, - Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt, Pas de Calais (France)
The Dedication to Those with No Known Graves, - Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt, Pas de Calais (France)
(Photo : Christopher Weekes, <weebex12@hotmail.com>)


Neil Irving is the webmaster for the War Memorials in Sowerby, North Yorkshire website. The names recorded by Neil Irving are from Sowerby's War Memorial and plaques found in St. Oswald's Church, as well as the Methodist Church. He has provided the following additional information on Private Coope;-

Private Thomas Henry Coope. 25517. 2nd Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment), formerly 9705 the Yorkshire Regiment. Born New Wotley, Leeds on 15 June 1894. Son of Thomas Coope and Mary Elizabeth (née Cockfield)
of 14 Railway Terrace, Sowerby. Enlisted Thirsk. Before enlisting in the Army he was employed as a locomotive fireman on the North Eastern Railway. He had been home on leave from the Army in May 1918 and had married Marian Owens at St. Oswald's Church, Sowerby on 18 May 1918. He returned to France 25 July 1918 and was killed in action 2 September
1918. Buried Vis-En-Artois British Cemetery, Haucourt, Pas de Calais, France.

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