Windmill British Cemetery, Monchy-Le-Preux

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Windmill British Cemetery
Cemetery Windmill British.jpg
Country: France
Location: Pas de Calais
Coordinates: 50°15′45″N 2°53′02″E / 50.2625, 2.8838950°15'45.3"N 2°53'01.6"E
Type: Public
Owned by: Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Number of gravesites: 367
Website: Windmill British Cemetery

The Windmill British Cemetery is a cemetery in the Pas de Calais region of France containing the graves of Canadians killed during the Great War.


On 23 April 1917, in the Second Battle of the Scarpe, Infantry Hill (east of Monchy) and Guemappe (due south of Monchy) were captured by Commonwealth troops. Guemappe was lost the same day, but retaken almost at once, and further progress was made in the following days. In May, the 29th Division began this cemetery and buried in it a number of the dead of 23 April. It continued in use until March 1918, and was used again from August to October 1918. In Plot II, Rows D and E, are buried 23 officers and men of the 1st King's Own Royal Lancasters who died in the Battle of the Drocourt-Queant Line at the beginning of September.

Windmill British Cemetery contains 402 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 35 of the burials are unidentified but there is a special memorial to one casualty believed to be buried among them.


Monchy-le-Preux is a village about 7 kilometres south-east of Arras. Windmill British Cemetery lies to the south of the village on the north side of the main Arras-Cambrai road, the D939.

"We Rest Here"

The following Signals related people are buried here.

Headstone Service Number Rank and Name Grave Location
Cameron, John Hamilton grave marker.jpg
541522 Spr J.H. Cameron II. H. 16.
Taylor, Rayburn grave marker.jpg
829797 Spr R. Taylor II. B. 4.

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