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Bootham Cemetery is located on the road from Heninel to Cherisy, and is a battlefield burial consisting of one long row of graves. It was named from a nearby trench, which itself was named after Bootham School in Yorkshire. the cemetery was started in April, 1917 by the 56th (London) Division Burial Officer and contains the graves of 186 soldiers from the United Kingdom, of whom seventy-one belonged to the 2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers, and forty-four to the 16th Londons (Queen's Westminster Rifles). The remaining seventy-one were not identified. One German grave was removed to another cemetery. Bootham Cemetery covers an area of 1,203 square yards. It is enclosed by a rubble wall, and planted with Irish yews, scarlet thorns and flowering shrubs. It is almost surrounded by rising ground, but the village of Vis-en-Artois can be seen from it.


Heninel is a village in the Pas-de-Calais, 10 kilometres south-east of Arras and 3 kilometres south of the main road from Arras to Cambrai (D939). Bootham Cemetery is nearly 2 kilometres east of Heninel, on the south side of the road to Cherisy.


bulletThe QWR graves are largely from the action on 14th April 1917; the battalion lost three officers and 86 men that day; just under half are buried here.
bullet2nd Royal Scots Fusiliers lost more than 150 men killed on 23rd April 1917, and again the burials here represent nearly half that number.


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