Private, 102nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central
Service Number: 3109206
who died on
Saturday, 26 October, 1918
Son of John and Emily Beach, of Welland, Ontario, Canada.
Duisans British Cemetery
Pas de Calais, France
Grave Reference: VIII. B. 31.
4 Miles West North West of Arras, France.
Duisans and Etrun are villages in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais,
about 9 kilometres west of Arras. The DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY
lies in Etrun but takes its name from the nearer village of Duisans.
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
Habarcq road and a track leading to Haute-Avesnes.
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
There are now 3,205 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World
War buried or commemorated at Duisans British Cemetery. There
are also 88 German war graves.
The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.
Commemorated on Page 365 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.
The Book of Remembrance is in the Memorial Chamber, which occupies
the second level of the Peace Tower in the Houses of Parliament,