HC Deb 17 April 1923 vol 162 cc1841-2

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War whether the British and French authorities are proposing to exhume the bodies of soldiers buried in the Proyart communal extension cemetery; whether he is aware that parents who have visited this public cemetery, and have made local arrangements to have the resting-place of their sons cared for, are anxious that their resting-place should not now be disturbed; and will he have their wishes respected?

Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS

The French are converting this mixed cemetery into a purely German one of 21,000 graves, and it is therefore necessary to re-inter the British dead at Harbonnières. The reburial will be carried out with due reverence, and I can assure my right hon. Friend that the Imperial War Graves Commission are fully alive to the considerations to which he refers.


Will the hon. and gallant Gentleman see to it that parents whose sons are buried there are duly notified of the removal of the bodies?

Lieut.-Colonel GUINNESS

I am sure that will be done. I will draw the attention of the War Graves Commission to the matter.


Will this be done at our expense, or at the expense of the French or Germans?