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The Loos Memorial

Location

Loos-en-Gohelle is a village 5 km north-west of Lens. Dud Corner Cemetery is located about 1 km west of the village, to the north-east of the N943 the main Lens to B├ęthune road.

This is a very busy road and the cemetery and memorial are situated on the crest of the hill. There is a parking area in front of the cemetery but please do not even think about trying to accomplish a U-Turn. It is far safer to carry on further and come back again.

The cemetery is best approached from Loos/Lens as it will be on the right hand side of the road. If coming from Vermelles/Mazingarbe continue past and use the roundabout to turn around.

Loos is pronounced more like Loss the Loose.

Dud Corner Cemetery

 

Historical Information

Dud Corner Cemetery stands almost on the site of a German strong point, the Lens Road Redoubt, captured by the 15th (Scottish) Division on the first day of the battle: 25th September 1915.

The name Dud Corner is believed to be due to the large number of unexploded enemy shells found in the neighbourhood after the Armistice.

The Loos Memorial commemorates over 20,000 officers and men who have no known grave, who fell in the area from the River Lys to the old southern boundary of the First Army, east and west of Grenay.

On either side of the cemetery is a wall 15 feet high, to which are fixed tablets on which are carved the names of those commemorated. At the back are four small circular courts, open to the sky, in which the lines of tablets are continued, and between these courts are three semicircular walls or apses, two of which carry tablets, while on the centre apse is erected the Cross of Sacrifice.

The memorial was designed by Sir Herbert Baker with sculpture by Charles Wheeler. It was unveiled by Sir Nevil Macready on 4 August 1930.

Lieutenant John Kipling

Lt John Kipling 2nd Bn Irish Guards (Panel 9)

 

A few notable names

Amongst the thousands of names here are a few that catch the eye.

John Kipling, My Boy Jack, the 18 year old son of Poet Laureate Rudyard Kipling. Although his name still appears on the wall it is no longer on the CWGC Database for the Memorial as the CWGC have stood by their (in some circles controversial) identification of the grave at St Mary’s ADS Cemetery.

Captain The Hon Fergus Bowes-Lyon

Captain The Hon Fergus Bowes-Lyon 8th Bn Black Watch (Panel 78)

Son of 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, of Glamis Castle, Forfarshire
Husband of Lady Christian Bowes-Lyon
Educated at Eton. Previously served with 2nd Bn in India
Brother of Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon (future Queen Consort of King George VI : the Queen Mother).

In 2012 a headstone was dedicated to Captain Bowes-Lyon in the Quarry Cemetery at Vermelles following lengthy research and documentation by the family. His name will eventually be removed from the memorial.

 

Victoria Cross holders

There are three recipients of the Victoria Cross commemorated.

  • Lt Colonel Angus Douglas-Hamilton VC, 6th Bn Cameron Highlanders
    Awarded the VC for his actions on the 25th September 1915
    Died 26th September 1915, aged 52, Panel 119
  • Private R/11941 George Peachment VC, 2nd Bn King’s Royal Rifle Corps
    Awarded the VC for his actions on the 25th September 1915
    Died 25th September 1915, aged 18, Panel 101
  • 2nd Lieutenant Frank Wearne, 3rd Bn Essex Regiment
    Awarded the VC for his actions on the 28th June 1917
    Died 28th June 1917, aged 23, Panel 85

 

Shot at Dawn

There are two soldiers commemorated on the walls who were executed during the war.

  • Private William Bowerman G/12341, 1st Bn Queen’s Royal West Surrey Regiment
    24th March 1917, aged 38, Desertion, Panel 65
  • Private Thomas Foulkes 43499, 1/10th Bn Manchester Regiment
    21st November 1917, aged 21, Desertion, Panel 103

 

Family Members

The toll on families during the war should never be forgotten and I highlight just a few cases. Looking through the register and looking at the walls you can surely find more.

You will notice that all the following names are to be found on the one panel — No 31.

  • Lance Corporal William Anderson 2013, 1/5th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment, aged 49
    Private William Anderson 2581, 1/5th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment, aged 19
  • Father and son killed together on the 13th October 1915, Panel 31
    Private Charles Anderson 3456, 1/5th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment, aged 21
    Private John Anderson 2516, 1/5th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment, aged 23
  • Brothers killed together on 13th October 1915, Panel 31
    2nd Lieutenant Arthur Bosworth, 8th (S) Bn Lincolnshire Regiment, aged 30
    Lieutenant Philip Bosworth, 8th (S) Bn Lincolnshire Regiment, aged 30
  • Twins killed together on 26th September 1915, Panel 31
    Lance Corporal Albert Franklin 3190, 1/5th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
    Private Edward Franklin 3191, 1/5th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment
  • Brothers killed together on 13th October 1915, Panel 31
    Private Fred Hutchinson 1866, 1/5th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment, aged 21
    Private Herbert Hutchinson 1894, 1/5th Bn Lincolnshire Regiment, aged 26
  • Brothers killed together on 13th October 1915, Panel 31
    Private Charles Lunn 12337, 8th (S) Bn Lincolnshire Regiment, aged 21
    Lance Corporal Tom Lunn 12336, 8th (S) Bn Lincolnshire Regiment, aged 20
  • Brothers killed together on 26th September 1915, Panel 31
    Private James Siggee 12445, 8th (S) Bn Lincolnshire Regiment, aged 20
    Private William Siggee 14750, 8th (S) Bn Lincolnshire Regiment, aged 28
    Brothers killed together on 26th September 1915, Panel 31
    Another brother — John — would be killed at Arras in 1917

 

Other cemeteries in the area


Recent Additions

Bailleul Road West Cemetery

Huy (La Sarte) Communal Cemetery

Les Baraques Military Cemetery

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