Cross Roads Cemetery, Fontaine-Au-Bois
Fontaine-au-Bois is a village some 8 kilometres north-east of Le Cateau, or 4 kilometres north-west of Landrecies. Cross Roads Cemetery is west of the village beyond the hamlet of Rue du Pont, at the crossroads with the road to Bousies.
Cross Roads Cemetery was begun in the first week of November 1918, by the 1/1st Northumbrian Field Ambulance; and at the Armistice it contained the graves of 61 soldiers from the United Kingdom (now Row A and part of Row B, Plot I). It was then enlarged by the concentration of graves from the battlefields between the Escaut and the Sambre, and from certain other cemeteries. With four exceptions, every man buried in it fell between the 1st October, 1918 and the Armistice, and there are now nearly 750 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site.
The Cemetery covers an area of 2,512 square metres and is enclosed by a red brick wall on three sides.
The Cemetery contains the grave of Walter Ormerod (Grave Ref. I. C. 13.), who died serving with the 2nd/4th Battalion of the Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment) on 4 November 1918, just a week before the Armistice.
|203084 PRIVATE / W. ORMEROD / DUKE OF WELLINGTON'S REGT. / 4TH NOVEMBER 1918|