Vaulx Hill Cemetery – France


On 6th September 2014 Stephen and I drove to Vaulx Hill Cemetery, which is located near the village of Vaulx-Vraucaourt in France, 6 km north-east of Baupaume.

According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website, Vaulx Hill Cemetery started in September 1918, and further graves were added after the Armistice from the nearby battlefields.

There are 856 Commonwealth soldiers either buried or commemorated in this cemetery.

Samuel Luke, a labourer on enlistment per his service record, who joined the Coo-ees at St. Marys, is the only Coo-ee buried in this cemetery. He was killed in action on 21st April 1917.

The photograph below shows Samuel Luke’s grave (centre) at Vaulx Hill Cemetery.

Vaulx Hill Cemetery, France (Photograph: S & H Thompson, 6/9/2014)

Vaulx Hill Cemetery, France (Photograph: S & H Thompson, 6/9/2014)

A photograph of the headstone on Samuel Luke’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.

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