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Mailly Wood Cemetery


Mailly Wood Cemetery is 9 kilometres north of Albert on the D919. The Cemetery is situated on the outskirts of the village of Mailly-Maillet on the left hand side of the road to Amiens, where it is signposted from the main road onto a 500 metre mud track.

If at all possible walk as far as you can, mud track being the operative phrase if you try driving it !

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Mailly Wood Cemetery


Historical Information

Mailly-Maillet was within the line taken over from the French in the summer of 1915, and several Commonwealth cemeteries were made in the commune. Mailly Wood Cemetery was begun with the burial of thirteen men of the 2nd Seaforth Highlanders who died on 25th June 1916, and in November 1916, the 51st (Highland) Division buried in it following the capture of Beaumont Hamel. Thereafter, the cemetery was little used until April-August 1918, when the German attack on Amiens brought the front line very close, and further burials were made by the 12th Division (in May) and the 21st (in August), among others.

Mailly Wood Cemetery

After the Armistice graves from the battlefields immediately north-east of the village were brought into the cemetery, and 30 graves from Mailly Maillet Military Cemetery in the village itself.

The cemetery now contains 702 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 60 of the burials are unidentified and there are special memorials to two casualties whose graves in the cemetery could not be found, and to six whose graves in the military cemetery were destroyed by shell fire.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Mailly Wood Cemetery

Special Memorials


Harold Colley VC

Serjeant 40684, Harold Colley VC
10th Bn Lancashire Fusiliers
Died on 25th August 1918 aged 23
Son of John and Hannah Colley
of 74, Cheshire Rd., Smethwick, Staffs.

Grave: II Q 4

The London Gazette 30967
18th October 1918

For most conspicuous bravery and initiative when in command of a platoon in support of forward platoons which had been ordered to hold on at all costs. When the enemy counter-attacked in force, he rushed forward on his own initiative to help the forward line, rallying and controlling the men holding it. The enemy by this time were advancing quickly, and had already obtained a footing in the trench. Serjeant Colley then formed a defensive flank and held it.

Out of the two platoons only three men remained unwounded, and he himself was dangerously wounded. It was entirely due to Serjeant Colley’s action that the enemy were prevented from breaking through, and were eventually driven off. His courage and tenacity saved a very critical situation.


Private Alexander Anderson

Private Alexander Anderson 2997
5th Bn Seaforth Highlanders
Died on 13th November 1916 aged 19
Son of James and Ann Henderson
of West Dunnet, Thurso

Grave: I H 8

Also in memory of his brother George, same battalion same date. (Thiepval Memorial).

Private R McLean

Private R McLean 5576
1/8th Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Died on 13th November 1916
Son of Mrs. A. McLean
of 22, Freeland Place, Kirkintilloch, Glasgow

Grave: Special Memorial at north end of: II Q

Private Robert Gibb

Private Robert Gibb 32659
1st Bn Otago Regiment
Died on 5th April 1918 aged 21
Son of Robert and Jane Gibb
of Invercargill, Southland, New Zealand

Grave: I P 10

Private M MacSporran

Private M MacSporran 3604
8th Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Died on 13th November 1916 aged 23
Son of Donald and Margaret MacSporran
of Auchnashelloch, Kilmichael, Glassary, Argyll

Grave: I K 8

Private Leonard Walker

Private Leonard Walker 21400
2nd Bn The Queen’s
Royal West Surrey Regiment
Died on 11th March 1917 aged 19
Son of Frederick Walker
of 19, Evesham Rd., New Southgate, London

Grave: II F 3

Never forgotten at home
Though the world forgets

2nd Lieutenant Louis Stokes

2nd Lieutenant Louis Stokes
2nd Bn Royal Marine Light Infantry
Died on 13th November 1916 aged 19
Son of the Rev. Dr. and Mrs. Stokes
of Little Wilbraham Rectory, Cambridge

Grave: I D 32

Private James Murray

Private James Murray 6427
1/4th Bn Gordon Highlanders
Died on 13th November 1916 aged 16
Son of Robert and Margaret Murray
of Shielhill St., Fergus, Peterhead

Grave: I B 7


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