Brown's Copse Cemetery, Roeux, Pas de Calais, France

Brown's Copse Cemetery, Roeux, Pas de Calais, France

Brown's Copse Cemetery, Roeux, Pas de Calais, France contains 1,210 identifiable casualties from the British and Commonwealth forces out of the 2,072 who are buried there. Roeux was built over a system of caves which helped to make its capture in 1917 exceptionally difficult. It was attacked by the 9th (Scottish) Division without success on 12 April. The chemical works close to the railway station were taken by the 51st (Highland) Division on 22 April and after incessant fighting, the village was cleared by the same Division on 14 May. The chemical works were lost again and retaken on 16 May. The Germans re-entered the village at the end of March 1918, and it was finally retaken by the 51st Division on the following 26 August. The cemetery is named from a small copse (the Bois Rossignol) on the east side. Plots I to IV are composed almost entirely of graves cleared from the battlefield in the summer of 1917. Plots V to VIII were made after the Armistice when 850 graves were brought in from a wide area north and east of Arras. The following were the only considerable burial grounds from which British graves were taken to Brown's Copse Cemetery:- SEAFORTH CEMETERY, ROEUX, North-East side of the road from the village to the station, where 18 soldiers from the United Kingdom were buried in April, 1917, and 21 of the 6th Seaforths in August and September, 1918. VITRY-EN-ARTOIS COMMUNAL CEMETERY and GERMAN EXTENSION, in which 17 soldiers from the United Kingdom (mainly officers of the Royal Flying Corps) were buried by the enemy.

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    Born 1891

    Died 1917

    British Army Lieutenant Royal Irish Regiment

    British Army Second Lieutenant Royal Irish Regiment

    British Army Lieutenant Royal Irish Regiment attached to the Royal Flying Corps

  • Profile picture for Thomas Brown

    Born 1889

    Died 1917

    British Army 265375 Serjeant Seaforth Highlanders 6th Battalion

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    Born 1895

    Died 1917

    British Army 1160 Private Royal Highlanders

    British Army 265097 Private Royal Highlanders 6th Battalion

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    Born 1894

    Died 1915

    British Army Second Lieutenant Royal West Surrey Regiment

    British Army Lieutenant Royal Flying Corps

  • Profile picture for Frederick Terry

    Died 1917

    British Army 3176 Private Royal Warwickshire Regiment

    British Army 265956 Private Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2nd/7th Battalion

  • Profile picture for James Adams

    Died 1918

    British Army 6689 Serjeant Royal Highlanders

    British Army 292844 Serjeant Royal Highlanders

    British Army 292844 Serjeant Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) 7th (Fife) Battalion (Territorial).

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    Died 1917

    British Army 2219 Royal Scots 10th Battalion

    British Army 307171 Serjeant Royal Warwickshire Regiment 2/8th Battalion.

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    Died 1917

    British Army 815 Lance Corporal Seaforth Highlanders 4th Battalion

    British Army 40521 Sergeant Seaforth Highlanders 2nd Battalion

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    Born 1882

    Died 1917

    British Army S/18140 Private Royal Highlanders

    British Army S/40853 Private Seaforth Highlanders 4th Battalion

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    Born 1879

    Died 1917

    British Army 3/13684 Private Seaforth Highlanders

    British Army S/13684 Private Seaforth Highlanders 2nd Battalion