WWI Maroc British cemetery

WWI Maroc British cemetery (StreetView)
Maroc British Cemetery is located in the village of Grenay, which is about 15 kilometres south-east of Bethune. From Lens take the N43 towards Bethune. After Loos-en-Gohelle turn left (after the petrol station) and continue straight on. The Cemetery is a few kilometres on the right side of the road, in the village. The cemetery was begun by French troops in August 1915, but it was first used as a Commonwealth cemetery by the 47th (London) Division in January 1916. During the greater part of the war it was a front-line cemetery used by fighting units and field ambulances, and protected from German observation by a slight rise in the ground. Plot II was begun in April 1917 by the 46th (North Midland) Division and by the middle of October 1918, Plot III, Row A and part of Row B, had been filled. The remainder of Plot III, and the ends of certain rows in Plot I, contain graves brought in after the Armistice from the battlefields and small cemeteries (including Maroc Churchyard), north and east of Grenay. Shot at Dawn: Private W. Hunter, 1st Bn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, executed for desertion 21/02/1916, plot 1. B. 38. Private W. Watts, 1st Bn Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, executed for desertion 05/05/1916, plot 1. H. 39. Private J. Molyneaux, 1st Bn. Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, executed for desertion 15/06/1916, plot 1. H. 6. Casualty Details: UK 1201, Canada 178, Germany 23, France 22, Total Burials: 1424
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