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CWGC Commemoration: MITCHELL, Thomas Frederick Wheatstone (1895-1918)

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Media TitleCWGC Commemoration: MITCHELL, Thomas Frederick Wheatstone (1895-1918)
Media NotesThomas was serving with the 13th Battalion, formerly 20th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, when he was Killed in Action.
Owner/SourceCourtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission ©
DateAdded 01 Apr 2013
Linked toThomas Frederick Wealdstone Mitchell (Burial)

Arras Memorial, Pas de Calais, France

Notes: The French handed over Arras to Commonwealth forces in the spring of 1916 and the system of tunnels upon which the town is built were used and developed in preparation for the major offensive planned for April 1917.

The Commonwealth section of the FAUBOURG D'AMIENS CEMETERY was begun in March 1916, behind the French military cemetery established earlier. It continued to be used by field ambulances and fighting units until November 1918. The cemetery was enlarged after the Armistice when graves were brought in from the battlefields and from two smaller cemeteries in the vicinity.

The cemetery contains 2,651 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. In addition, there are 30 war graves of other nationalities, most of them German.

During the Second World War, Arras was occupied by United Kingdom forces headquarters until the town was evacuated on 23 May 1940. Arras then remained in German hands until retaken by Commonwealth and Free French forces on 1 September 1944.

The cemetery contains seven Commonwealth burials of the Second World War. The graves in the French military cemetery were removed after the First World War to other burial grounds and the land they had occupied was used for the construction of the Arras Memorial and Arras Flying Services Memorial.

The ARRAS MEMORIAL commemorates almost 35,000 servicemen from the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand who died in the Arras sector between the spring of 1916 and 7 August 1918, the eve of the Advance to Victory, and have no known grave. The most conspicuous events of this period were the Arras offensive of April-May 1917, and the German attack in the spring of 1918.


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