LUKE COPSE BRITISH CEMETERY, PUISIEUX
|Region||Pas de Calais|
|Total identified casualties||44 Find these records|
|Casualties from||First World War|
We have been informed that some visitors have experienced unpleasant and intimidating behaviour from a local resident when visiting this site. The authorities are aware of this situation. Should you choose to visit this cemetery, please strictly abide by the following:
- Only park in front of CWGC Serre Road Nr. 1 cemetery and not on verges, tracks of farm storage areas.
- Do not enter private property (for example, by walking on adjoining land).
- Take your litter home.
- Respect the tranquillity of the area.
- Do not use metal detectors or remove any artefacts (please note that you can only use metal detectors to find historical artefacts with authorization by the area prefecture).
Should you encounter any problems when visiting this cemetery, we recommend you leave at once and file a formal complaint by:
- contacting the local police (Gendarmerie) at Beaumetz-lès-Loges, tel +33 3 21 55 22 17 or
- e-mailing the town hall of Serre-les-Puisieux at email@example.com, or
- making a statement at your local police station and sending a copy to the British Embassy, 35 rue du Faubourg St-Honoré, 75383 Paris Cedex 08 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org who will then forward it to the local authorities.
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 register is available in the Mairie on Tuesday ; Thursday and Friday from 14.00 to 16.00 and Saturday from 10.00 to 12.00
Vehicles should be parked a further 100 metres along on the right hand side of the D919 in front of Serre Road Cemetery No.1, and visitors should then walk up the lane to Luke Copse British Cemetery. The location or design of this site make wheelchair access impossible. For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our enquiries department on 01628 634221.
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.