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In Memory of

William Duffus

2nd Bn., Seaforth Highlanders
who died on
Wednesday, 31st October 1917. Age 37.

Additional Information: Son of Alexander and Margaret Duffus, of Nairn.

Commemorative Information

Grave Reference/
Panel Number:
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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