Hébuterne Military

Location

Hébuterne is a village 15 kilometres north of Albert (Somme) and 20 kilometres south-west of Arras. Using the D919 from Arras to Amiens you will drive through the villages of Bucquoy, Puisieux then Serre Les Puisieux (approximately 20 kilometres south of Arras). On leaving Serre Les Puisieux, 3 kilometres further along the D919, turn right following the signs for Hébuterne.

Hébuterne Military Cemetery lies to the west of the village and a CWGC signpost clearly indicates the way from the village green to the cemetery.

Hébuterne Military Cemetery

Historical Information

The village gave its name to a severe action fought by the French on the 10th-13th June 1915, in the Second Battle of Artois.

It was taken over by British troops from the French in the same summer, and it remained subject to shell fire during the Battles of the Somme.

It was again the scene of fighting in March 1918, when the New Zealand Division held up the advancing enemy; and during the following summer it was partly in German hands. It was later adopted by the Borough of Evesham.

Hébuterne Military Cemetery was begun by the 48th (South Midland) Division in August 1915, and used by fighting units and Field Ambulances (particularly those of the 56th (London) Division) until the spring of 1917; and it was reopened in 1918.

The conditions of burial explain the irregularity of the rows. There are now over 750, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly 50 are unidentified and special memorials are erected to 17 soldiers from the United Kingdom, known or believed to be buried among them.

The graves of two American soldiers have been removed from the South-West corner. The cemetery covers an area of 6,502 square metres and is enclosed by a red brick wall.

Hébuterne Military Cemetery
 
Captain R Seddon

Captain Richard Seddon
3rd Bn New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Died on 21st August 1918 aged 37
Born at Westland, New Zealand. Held a commission in the South African Campaign.
Eldest son of Louisa Seddon, of Wellington, New Zealand,
and the late Rt Hon Richard Seddon, PC, LLD Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1893 to 1906

Grave: I F 1

Private Milsom Parr

Private Milsom Parr 43519
51st Bn Machine Gun Corps
Died on 12th October 1916
One of three brothers who served and fell in the Great War.

George, is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France, and Stanley, at Manchester Southern Cemetery in the UK

Grave: I V 9

 

Young soldiers

Within the cemetery there are at least ten 17 year old soldiers:

Private C Case 5160, 1/7th Bn Middlesex Regiment
23rd June 1916, Grave: II M 4

Rifleman Frank Clements 2098, 1/5th Bn London Regiment (London Rifle Brigade)
20th June 1916, Grave: IV D 4

Private Frank Corbell 3838, 3rd Bn London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)
1st July 1916, Grave: II Q 9

Private Frederick Gamgee 3428, 1/8th Bn Middlesex Regiment
26th June 1916, Grave: II S 1

Private James Gibbons 2762, 1/6th Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment
15th August 1915, Grave: I B 15

Gunner B Jenkins 2868, Royal Field Artillery
25th June 1916, Grave: I N 15

Lance Corporal Eric Shinkfield 3335, 1/4th Bn London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)
29th May 1916, Grave: III A 8

Private Augustus Smith 4358, 1/5th Bn Gloucestershire Regiment
17th April 1916, Grave: I E 13

Private Richard Smith 3064, 1/5th Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment
5th October 1916, Grave: I F 16

Private T Weller 4291, 4th Bn London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers)
28th June 1916, Grave: III A 3

 

Hébuterne Communal Hébuterne Communal Cemetery
Hébuterne French Hébuterne 1915
The Somme The Somme 1916