DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY, ETRUN
- Country France
- Total identified casualties 3289 Find these casualties
- Region Pas de Calais
- Casualties from First World War
- GPS Coordinates Latitude: 50.31587, Longitude: 2.6741
Duisans is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais, about 9 kilometres west of Arras. The Cemetery takes its name from the nearby village of Duisans although it technically lies in the Commune of Etrun. It is one kilometre north of Duisans on the D339 road off the Route Nationale N39 (Arras-St Pol), in the angle of the Arras to Habarcq road and a track leading to Haute-Avesnes.
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The area around Duisans was occupied by Commonwealth forces from March 1916, but it was not until February 1917 that the site of this cemetery was selected for the 8th Casualty Clearing Station. The first burials took place in March and from the beginning of April the cemetery grew very quickly, with burials being made from the 8th Casualty Clearing Station (until April 1918), the 19th (until March 1918), and the 41st (until July 1917).
Most of the graves relate to the Battles of Arras in 1917, and the trench warfare that followed. From May to August 1918, the cemetery was used by divisions and smaller fighting units for burials from the front line. In the Autumn of 1918 the 23rd, 1st Canadian and 4th Canadian Clearing Stations remained at Duisans for two months, and the 7th was there from November 1918 to November 1920.
During May 1940 the cemetery was again involved in a Battle for Arras and the entrance shelter bears scars from this battle.
There are now 3,206 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War buried or commemorated at Duisans British Cemetery. There are also 88 German war graves. Two British casualties, whose graves were obliterated by shell fire, are commemorated on special memorials. In Plot II, Row A, there are buried, side by side, two brothers, an Officer and a Private, who died of wounds at Duisans on the same day.
The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.