Cerisy-Gailly Military

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 Military 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 Military Cemetery (originally called the New French Military Cemetery) was begun in February 1917, and used by medical units until March 1918, and after the recapture of the village it was used by Australian units.

It was increased after the Armistice by the concentration of graves from Maricourt Military Cemetery, Ste Helene British Cemetery, Beaufort British Cemetery and Buigny-les-Gamaches Communal Cemetery and from the battlefields of the Somme, while 158 French and 35 German graves were removed to other burial grounds.

There are now nearly 750, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 100 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to record the names of five soldiers from the United Kingdom, buried at Maricourt and Ste. Helene, whose graves could not be found.

The Military Cemetery covers an area of 2 747 square metres and is enclosed by a rubble wall.

 

Cerisy-Gailly French Cemetery Cerisy-Gailly French Cemetery