JEANCOURT COMMUNAL CEMETERY EXTENSION
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 http://www.cwgc.org/, 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.
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.