Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension – France


On 6th September 2014 Stephen and I drove to Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, which is located in the small village of Jeancourt, about half way between Peronne and St. Quentin in France.

According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, Jeancourt was initially a German hospital centre during the First World War, and the extension to the communal cemetery was used by both Commonwealth and German troops. Commonwealth burials were made from April 1917 until February 1918, and recommenced in September 1918. Further burials were added when graves, mostly those made in March and September 1918, were brought in from the surrounding battlefields after the Armistice.

There are 492 Commonwealth burials and commemorations in this cemetery. 207 of these are unidentified. There are also 168 German burials.

Private Bernard Coyte, a farmer and labourer on enlistment per his service record, who joined the Coo-ees at Orange, is the only Coo-ee buried in this cemetery. He was killed in action on 18th September 1918.

The photograph below shows the headstone of Private Coyte (centre in front row) at Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension.

Private Bernard Coyte's headstone at Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France (Photograph: S & H Thompson, 6/9/2014)

Private Bernard Coyte’s headstone (centre) at Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension, France (Photograph: S & H Thompson, 6/9/2014)

A photograph of the headstone on Private Coyte’s grave will be placed on his individual blog entry, and form part of a Roll of Honour for the fallen Coo-ees on this blog.

5 responses to “Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension – France

  1. RE: Pvt Coyte & PHOTO OF Jeancourt Communal Cemetery:

    Would it be possible to obtain a high resolution copy of this photo as my friend’s ancestor is buried on the far right. His name was Corporal William Egelton and it appears they both died on the same day.

    I was fortunate to find your site and decided to take a closer look at this photo just in case and presto, there was William.

    • Hi Bill
      I see from the CWGC website that Corporal William Egelton was in plot II.A.27 in the Jeancourt Communal Cemetery Extension. My husband Stephen and I have visited Bernard Coyte’s grave (two graves along) three times (2012, 2014, and 2016), and taken several photos of his grave during these visits, so I will have a look on the weekend to see if we can track down these to check if we have any other photos containing your friend’s relative’s grave as well, and I will email them to you.
      Kind regards

    • Hi Bill. I have just stumbled upon the comment above re Corporal William Egelton. My husband is related to William & I visited Jean Court cemetery in April 2016. I have photos that I would love to share with you & your friend. I have been wanting to get in contact with relatives of William for years. I hope you will get this message & can reply. Would love to get in contact with you. My email is Cheers.

  2. That would be greatly appreciated..

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