Luke Copse Cemetery, Puisieux

Located next to Sheffield Memorial Park, Luke Copse has frequent visitors. Known burials are predominatelymen of 2nd Suffolks and 13th East Yorks from 13th November 1916, although a large group relate to 1st July.

The cemetery has recently suffered flooding.

Courtesy CWGC

Using the D919 from Arras to Amiens you will drive through the villages of Bucquoy and Puisieux and then Serre-les-Puisieux (approximately 20 kilometres south of Arras). On leaving Serre-les-Puisieux, 600 metres further along the D919 there is a right hand turn onto a small lane which will take you directly to Luke Copse Cemetery. It must, however, be emphasised that this lane is not suitable for cars and buses.

The village of Puisieux was taken by Commonwealth forces on the 28 February 1917, lost on the 26 March 1918 and recovered on the following 21 August. In the spring of 1917, the battlefields of the Somme and Ancre were cleared by V Corps and a number of new cemeteries were made. Luke Copse British Cemetery (originally known as V Corps Cemetery No. 19) is on the old front line of July 1916. It is named from one of four small plantations that were on or close behind that line, between Serre and Hebuterne. The graves are of casualties of the 31st and 3rd Divisions, who died in attacks on 1 July and 13 November 1916. There are now 72 First World War burials in the cemetery, 28 of them unidentified. The cemetery was designed by N A Rew.

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