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Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No1


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 left following the signs for Auchonvillers. At the crossroads in the village centre follow the signs for Newfoundland Park, Beaumont Hamel.

A CWGC signpost leading to Hawthorn Ridge No.1 Cemetery can be found 300 metres before the Newfoundland Park car park. This lane is a farm track and can be difficult to use when wet and muddy.

Coming from anywhere else on the battlefield, follow the signs for Thiepval then the Ulster Tower and finally the Newfoundland Park. The cemetery lane is 300 metres on the far side of the car park.

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Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No1

Visitors will wish to be aware that access to the cemetery is gained via a 60 metre rough path through agricultural land. Whilst for the vast majority of the year this does not present any problem, there are certain times (namely the annual ploughing and cultivation) when the path can be slightly difficult to cross.

Historical Information

Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No.1 was made by the V Corps, who cleared the Ancre battlefields in the spring of 1917, as V Corps Cemetery No.9.

There are now over 150, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, nearly half are unidentified. Almost all fell on the 1st July or the 13th November 1916; a few in June and July 1918.

The cemetery covers an area of 432 square metres is enclosed by a stone rubble wall.

Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No1
Hoad and Pickersgill

Private Walter Hoad 2143
16th Bn Middlesex Regiment
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 19
Son of William and Charlotte Hoad
of 6, Perrysfield Cottages, Warlingham, Surrey

Grave: A 49

Private Ernest Pickersgill G/17597
2nd Bn Royal Fusiliers
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 21
Son of Mr and Mrs G Pickersgill
of Foundry Lane, Knottingley, Yorks

Grave: A 50

Turner and Mellish

Private John Turner 16243
2nd Bn Royal Fusiliers
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 20
Son of Mrs Caroline Turner
of 28, Earl St, Southwark, London

Grave: A 69

Private A Mellish PS/1491
16th Bn Middlesex Regiment
Died on 1st July 1916
Son of Mr A Mellish
of 53, Thurlby Rd., Wembley

Grave: A 70

The cemetery and spire of Beaumont church

Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No 1 from the lane
As an indication as to just how much the land slopes behind it, notice the
spire of the church from Beaumont-Hamel to the left of the cross

Continuing down the access lane to its end and then walking on a hundred metres more brings you to a view point where you can see the Hawthorn Mine crater immediately to your right front. On the opposite slope is the cross commemorating the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders and alongside it the sunken road from which the Lancashire Fusiliers launched their attack towards the wood to the right.

Other cemeteries in the area