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Battle of the Canal du Nord 1918

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Richard Report 28 Aug 2013 16:07

Looking for any information on Joseph Entwistle of Bolton who was killed on the 27th of September 1918 in France. Served with the Manchester Regiment. Died near Marquion in France at or in the Battle of the Canal du Nord. Any information either about the Battle or the Regiment at that time would be useful and really welcome .... cheers

Richard G (great nephew of Joseph)


Porkie_Pie Report 28 Aug 2013 22:26


from the CWGC

Rank:CorporalService No:60675Date of Death:27/09/1918Age:25Regiment/Service:Manchester Regiment 11th Bn. Grave ReferenceB. 6.CemeteryQUARRY CEMETERY, MARQUION
Additional Information:

Son of Mary Hannah Entwistle, of 142, Hawthorne Rd., Bolton, and the late Joseph Entwistle

Country:FranceLocality:Pas de CalaisIdentified Casualties:68
Location Information

Marquion is a village on the main Arras to Cambrai road (D939), about 25 kilometres from Arras.
From Marquion, follow the D15 road towards Sain les Marquion, but after only 150 metres follow the minor road that leads towards Boulon to the left (Chemin de Bourlon). The cemetery is situated about 150 metres down this road.

Visiting Information

Wheelchair access with some difficulty.

For further information regarding wheelchair access, please contact our enquiries department on telephone number 01628 634221.

Historical Information

Marquion was captured by the 1st Canadian and 11th Division on 27 September 1918. Quarry Cemetery (called also the Chalk Pit Cemetery) was made by fighting units after the battle and used during the following month. One grave was brought in from Marquion German Cemetery after the Armistice.

Quarry Cemetery contains 68 burials of the First World War.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens

Have you asked for a look up on ancestry to see if his service record survived and also what medals he was awarded

also plenty info about the regiment and the battle if you Google



Maddie Report 29 Aug 2013 14:07

ritish Army WWI Medal Rolls Index Cards, 1914-1920 about Joseph Entwistle
Name: Joseph Entwistle
Regiment or Corps: Manchester Regiment
Regimental Number: 60675

Victory medal H/1/104 B46/1078


mgnv Report 3 Sep 2013 18:28

RE: "Any information either about the Battle or the Regiment at that time would be useful and really welcome"

As you'll have seen from Roy's post, there was Canadian involvement in the operations at both Canal du Nord and Marcoing - in fact very heavy involvement. There is a section abt this in Ch 14 of Nicholson:

Author: Nicholson, G.W.L
Official History of the Canadian Army in the First World War: Candian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1919

I happen to have a copy just of Ch 14 and Map 13 - I've pm'ed these to Richard.