Chelsea Pioneer Cemetery and Cenotaph
Private William Patrick Reynolds
21st Battalion, Canadian Infantry, (Eastern Ontario Regiment)
16th October 1918
Commemoration at the Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Fichieux, Pas-de-Calais, France
See also The Chelsea Cenotaph Story published in Up the Gatineau! Volume 28.
Bucquoy Road Cemetery, Fichieux, Pas-de-Calais, France
Bucquoy Road Cemetery is situated on the D919 heading south from Arras to Ayette. In November 1916, the village of Ficheux was behind the German front line, but by April 1917, the German withdrawal had taken the line considerably east of the village and in April and May, the VII Corps Main Dressing Station was posted near for the Battles of Arras. It was followed by the 20th and 43rd Casualty Clearing Stations, which remained at Boisleux-au-Mont until March 1918, and continued to use the Bucquoy Road Cemetery begun by the field ambulances. From early April to early August 1918 the cemetery was not used but in September and October, the 22nd, 30th and 33rd Casualty Clearing Stations came to Boisleux-au-Mont and extended it. By the date of the Armistice, it contained 1,166 burials but was greatly increased when graves were brought in from the surrounding battlefields and from small cemeteries in the neighbourhood. The cemetery now contains 1,901 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 168 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 23 casualties known or believed to be buried among them.
See also the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
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