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Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No2


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.

Hawthorn Ridge No.2 Cemetery is located within the Park.

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Hawthorne Ridge Cemetery No 2

Historical Information

Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No.2 is 460 metres South of No.1. It was made by the V Corps (as V Corps Cemetery No.12) in the spring of 1917, and seven isolated graves were brought in after the Armistice.

There are now over 200, 1914-18 war casualties commemorated in this site. Of these, over 50 are unidentified. The great majority fell on the 1st July 1916.

The cemetery covers an area of 1,019 square metres and it is enclosed by a low stone rubble wall.

Hawthorne Ridge Cemetery No 2

In the distance is Hawthorn Ridge Cemetery No 1

Various soldiers killed on 1st July

Four representatives of the fighting

Lance Corporal Hardy Ayling 22764
1st Bn Border Regiment
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 23
Husband of Margaret Ayling, of 26, “C” Block, Sutton’s Buildings, City Rd, London

Grave: B 65

Private J Turner 24591
2nd Bn South Wales Borderers
Died on 1st July 1916

Grave: B64

The Borderers had been the first wave of troops to attack over the area of the park on the 1st July.

An Unknown Soldier
Royal Newfoundland Regiment

Grave: B 63

The Newfoundland Regiment were the second wave of troops to attack over the area of the park on the 1st July. They suffered extremely high casualties and would become the only Regiment during the war to receive the accolade Royal.

Private J Penny 3071
1st/5th Bn Gordon Highlanders
Died on 13th November 1916 aged 34
Son of James and Mary Penny of Fraserburgh
Husband of Annie Penny, of Craiglea, Fyvie, Aberdeenshire.

Grave: B 62

Private Penny was a member of the 51st Division in one of the last offensives of the Somme and which finally took Beaumont-Hamel.

Other cemeteries in the area