In Memory of
HERBERT JAMES HEAD
2nd Bn., King's Royal Rifle Corps
who died on
Saturday, 1st July 1916. Age 39.
Additional Information: Rhodesian Platoon, Son of the
late John Head (Inspector, Metropolitan Police);
husband of Mary Head, "Erne Vale," Dundee, Natal, South Africa.
Cemetery: MAROC BRITISH CEMETERY, Nord, France
Grave Reference/ Panel Number: I. JA. 13.
Location: Maroc British Cemetery is located in the village of Grenay, which is about 15 kilometres south-east of Bethune. From Lens take the N43 towards Bethune. After Loos-en-Gohelle turn left (after the petrol station) and continue straight on. The Cemetery is a few kilometres on the right side of the road, in the village.
Historical Information: The Cemetery was in fact
begun by French troops in August, 1915, but it was first used as a British Cemetery
by the 47th (London) Division in January, 1916. During the greater part of the
War it was a front-line cemetery, protected from enemy observation by a slight
rise in the ground, and used by fighting units and Field Ambulances. Plot II was
begun in April, 1917, by the 46th (North Midland) Division. By the middle of October,
1918, Plot III, Row A and part of Row B, had been filled; and the remainder of
Plot III and the ends of certain rows in Plot I contain the remains of soldiers
buried on the battlefields, or in small cemeteries, North and East of Grenay,
and brought in after the Armistice. There are now over 1,000, 1914-18 war casualties
commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly 300 are unidentified and special memorials
are erected to 89 British soldiers known to be buried among the unknown graves.
In particular, 87 officers and men of the 6th London Regiment, who fell on the
25th September, 1915, in the capture of Loos, and were buried by themselves on
the South-West side of the town, are now buried (but without individual identification)
in Plot III, Rows H, J, K and L. The 8th Canadian Battalion erected a wooden memorial
in the cemetery to their officers and men who fell in the Battle of Hill 70 (East
of Loos) on the 15th August, 1917. The cemetery covers an area of 5,652 square
metres. MAROC CHURCHYARD, in the middle of the village, was used for the burial
of 18 British soldiers, between June, 1915 and January, 1916; but these were among
the graves moved into Maroc British Cemetery after the Armistice. It was an enclosure
not intended for burials, and not used for civilian burials.