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Naval Trench Cemetery


Gavrelle is a village in the department of the Pas-de-Calais about 8 kilometres north-east of Arras on the road to Douai. Naval Trench Cemetery is about 0.75 kilometres south-west of the village (D42E) down a 1 kilometre track.

Take care not to confuse this Cemetery and Chili Trench Cemetery, Gavrelle.

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Naval Trench Cemetery

Historical Information

Gavrelle was captured by the 63rd (Royal Naval) Division on 23rd April 1917, lost on 28th March 1918, and reoccupied by the 51st (Highland) Division on the following 27th August.

Naval Trench Cemetery is named from a second-line trench made by the 63rd Division in the summer of 1917, occupied as headquarters by the Queen’s Westminsters in March 1918, and retaken by the 6th Black Watch on 26th August 1918.

Naval Trench Cemetery

Looking back on the RND Memorial at Gavrelle

It was made by fighting units between April and November 1917. The cemetery contains 59 First World War burials, two of them unidentified.

There is also one burial of the Second World War in the cemetery.

Leading Seaman M Burdon

Leading Seaman M Burdon
Tyneside Z/235 RNVR
Hawke Bn RN Division
Died on 24th April 1917 aged 27
Son of Louisa and the late Daniel Burdon, of
76 Nora St, Tyne Dock, South Shields

Grave: A 13

Private Cyril Rundell

Private Cyril Rundell PO/1629(S)
2nd Bn Royal Marines LI
Died on 31st July 1917 aged 19
Son of Edgar and Marion Rundle
of 13 Ferris Town, Truro, Cornwall

Grave: E 11

Other cemeteries in the area