Maroc British Cemetery

Historical Information (Source: CWGC)

The cemetery was begun by French troops in August 1915, but it was first used as a Commonwealth cemetery by the 47th (London) Division in January 1916. During the greater part of the war it was a front-line cemetery used by fighting units and field ambulances, and protected from German observation by a slight rise in the ground. Plot II was begun in April 1917 by the 46th (North Midland) Division and by the middle of October 1918, Plot III, Row A and part of Row B, had been filled. The remainder of Plot III, and the ends of certain rows in Plot I, contain graves brought in after the Armistice from the battlefields and small cemeteries (including Maroc Churchyard), north and east of Grenay.

Maroc British Cemetery now contains 1,379 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 264 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to 89 casualties known to be buried among them. In particular, 87 officers and men of the 6th London Regiment, who died on 25 September 1915 in the capture of Loos, are now buried (but without individual identification) in Plot III, Rows H, J, K and L. The cemetery also contains 45 French and German burials. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker.


Served with

·         United Kingdom (954)

·         Canadian (164)

·         German (6)

Served in

·         Army (1123)

·         Air Force (1)

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Lieutenant Orval Patrick ADAM

Date of birth: 1897-02-13 Westport, Ontario

Date of death: 1918-04-01 KIA

RAF 203 Squadron

Rank detail: Lieutenant, Air Force, Royal Flying Corps

(203rd Squadron) Royal Navy,

Royal Naval Air Service (No. 5 Naval Squadron).

Enlistment method: volunteered

Degree of service: Europe

Grave: II. N. 7.