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Railway Hollow Cemetery


Hébuterne is a village in the Department of the Pas-de-Calais.

The easiest way to reach the cemetery is to follow the D919 from Arras (sometimes indicated as N319), through the villages of Ayette, Bucquoy and Puisieux. Continue along this road, past the tiny village of Serre-les-Puisieux, until you come to a large farm surrounded by tall poplar trees and adjacent to the large Serre Road Cemetery No.1. On your right you will see a set of CWGC direction signs indicating the way to a group of small cemeteries and the Sheffield Memorial Park.

Railway Hollow Cemetery is situated to the rear of the memorial park.

Vehicles are not supposed to use the track. Park at Serre Road Cemetery No 1 and walk. Ensure that your vehicle is locked and all valuables secured.

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Railway Hollow Cemetery

Historical Information

Hébuterne village remained in Allied hands from March 1915 to the Armistice, although during the German advances of the summer of 1918, it was practically on the front line.

Railway Hollow Cemetery

Railway Hollow Cemetery is in the British support line of July 1916, about 1,100 metres west of Serre and 200 metres west of the plantation called Mark Copse. It was made by the V Corps (as V Corps Cemetery No.3) when the Somme battlefields were cleared in 1917, and contains the graves of soldiers of the 3rd, 19th and 31st Divisions who died on 1st July and 13th November 1916, and 5th February 1917.

Railway Hollow Cemetery

Damage caused by torrential rain in June 2012
You can see the tide mark on the graves

The cemetery contains 107 Commonwealth burials of the First World War, 44 of which are unidentified. There are also two French war graves.

The cemetery was designed by W C Von Berg.

Railway Hollow Cemetery

The clump of trees marks the original position of Touvent Farm

Private Alfred Goodlad

Private Alfred Goodlad 12/929
12th Bn York and Lancaster Regiment
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 23
Son of William and Jane Goodlad
of 36, Marshall Rd., Woodseats, Sheffield

Grave: A 22

The French are a
Grand Nation
Worth fighting for
Vide Alf’s letter home

Private John Hawley

L/Corporal John Hawley S/13689
1st Bn Gordon Highlanders
Died on 13th November 1916 aged 18
Son of Mr. A and Mrs. A Hawley
of 66, Wynn St., Birmingham

Grave: B 8

Serjeant Clement Cundliffe

Serjeant Clement Cundliffe 897
12th Bn York and Lancaster Regiment
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 24
Son of Charles and Margaret Cundliffe
of 128, Doncaster Rd., Rotherham, Yorks.
Educated at Rotherham Grammar School
University College, Reading
A Schoolmaster

Grave: C 13

Other cemeteries in the area