|Additional Information:||Son of Alexander and Margaret Duffus, of Nairn.|
|Cemetery:||WINDMILL BRITISH CEMETERY, MONCHY-LE-PREUX|
|I. F. 6.
|Location:||Monchy-le-Preux is a village about 7 kilometres south-east of
Arras. Windmill British Cemetery lies to the south of the village on the north side of the
main Arras-Cambrai road, the D939.
|Historical Information:||On the 23rd April, 1917, in the Second Battle of the Scarpe,
Infantry Hill (East of Monchy) and Guemappe (due South of Monchy) were captured by British
troops. Guemappe was lost the same day, but retaken almost at once, and further progress
was made in the following days. In May, the 29th Division began this Cemetery and buried
in it a number of the dead of the 23rd April. It continued in use until March, 1918, and
again from August to October, 1918. In Plot II, Rows D and E, are buried 23 officers and
men of the 1st King's Own Royal Lancasters who fell in the Battle of the Drocourt-Queant
Line at the beginning of September.
There are now over 400, 1914-18 war casaulties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 10 are unidentified and one British soldier, believed to be buried among the unknown graves, is commemorated by a special memorial.
The Cemetery covers an area of about 1,112 square metres and is enclosed by a red brick wall with a stone coping.
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