Cerisy-Gailly

Location

Cerisy is a village 10 kilometres south-west of Albert. From Albert take the D42 in the direction of Morlancourt and Moreuil. After passing Morlancourt you arrive at Sailly-Laurette. Continue until reaching a crossroads where you turn left onto the D71 in the direction of Cerisy. Continue on the D71 until you approach a group of bungalows on your left.

Turn left at the end of this group of bungalows when you will then approach Cerisy-Gailly French National Cemetery. The Commonwealth war graves will be found at the rear of the cemetery.

Historical Information

Gailly was the site of the 39th and 13th Casualty Clearing Stations during the early part of 1917, and of the 41st Stationary Hospital from May 1917, to March 1918; the villages were then captured by the enemy, but they were retaken by the Australian Corps in August 1918. Cerisy-Gailly French National Cemetery was begun by a Clearing Hospital of the French Tenth Army in February 1916.

The British plots are on the Western side of it, and they were made after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from the battlefields of the Somme and from Buire Communal Cemetery Extension. The great majority of these soldiers fell in the Battles of the Somme, 1916.

There are now nearly 400, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, three-quarters are unidentified. The British plots cover an area of 1 127 square metres and are enclosed on the North, West and South sides by a rubble wall.

 

Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery Cerisy-Gailly Military Cemetery