21st Division 1914-18...a divisional history

 

64th Brigade, Memorial

Cojeul British Cemetery, St. Martin-Sur-Cojeul

 

Started in April 1917 by the 21st division’s burial officer, Cojeul British cemetery has 349 burials and commemorations of the First World War. Thirty five of the burials are unidentified and thirty one graves destroyed by shell fire are represented by special memorials. At some point after this date a wooden cross was raised by the 64th brigade in memorial to the men who had fallen and placed on Henin Hill, a position fought over in the opening days of the Arras battle by elements of 21st division and 64th brigade.               

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 In July 1931 in a ceremony presided over by none less than the former commander of the brigade Andrew Jameson McCulloch, the wooden cross was replaced by a stone one and the wooden one was removed to safe keeping at Beverley Minster, East Riding of Yorkshire, in the north-east chapel in the south transept. When the Motorway was built the current cross was moved to the cemetery and rests there today, apparently cared for by the CWGC.

The inscription on the main tablet reads,‘To the honoured memory of the officers and men of the 64th infantry brigadewho fell on April 9th 1917 in capturing the part of the Hindenburg line close to this place.’

 

Below is some photos of the cemetery and surrounding grounds, including some of the approaches to Henin Hill.

The cemetery at a side on shot. The cross can be seen through the trees in the centre of the picture, with the cross of sacrifice dominant to the far right.

The CWGC Cemetery name plate

An inside photo of the cemtery, showing the reverse of the previous outside shot.

View looking up Henin Hill

The Henin-sur-Cojeul - Croisilles sunken road. From here 64th brigade launched its attack as part of VII Corps attack.

Further down the road.

This one is just below the sign post in the previous photo.

Reverse of the above, you can see the sign post almost centre of the picture that featured in the above photos.

This photo is from the edge of Henin looking up the hill and the sunken road.

Photos all courtesy of Andy Pay. With my grateful thanks.