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Mailly-Maillet Communal Extension


Mailly-Maillet is a village about 9 kilometres north of Albert.

At the traffic lights in Mailly Maillet take the D120 in the direction of Colincamps following the CWGC sign. About 600 metres further on there is a small lane towards the Communal Cemetery and the Extension is on the east side of the Communal Cemetery.

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Mailly-Maillet Communal Cemetery Extension


Historical Information

Mailly-Maillet was comparatively quiet until the German advance at the end of March 1918. It remained in Allied hands, but was severely shelled and the catacombs under the village were prepared for use by the troops.

The extension was begun by French units (mainly Engineers) in June 1915. Commonwealth forces relieved the French here in August 1915, and field ambulances and fighting units continued to use the extension until December 1916, then again in March-July, 1918. The 51 French graves and those of two German prisoners have been removed to other cemeteries.

Mailly-Maillet Communal Cemetery Extension contains 126 First World War burials.

The extension was designed by W C Von Berg.

Mailly-Maillet Communal Cemetery Extension


Private Nathan Lewis

Private Nathan Lewis 2515
2nd Bn Monmouthshire Regiment
Died on 13th November 1915 aged 17
Son of Albert and Kate Lewis
of 57, Havod Arthen Rd., Llanhilleth, Newport, Mon.

Grave: B 20

Private A Stevenson

Private A Stevenson 2308
7th Bn Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Died on 16th September 1915 aged 25
Son of Mr. J. Stevenson
of 15, Grange St., Stenhousemuir, Larbert, Stirlingshire

Grave: B 9

Lieutenant Owen Steele

Lieutenant Owen Steele
1st Bn Newfoundland Regiment
Died on 8th July 1916 aged 26
Eldest son of Samuel and Sarah Steele
of “Avalonia,” Kings Kerswell, Newton Abbot, England
Native of St. Johns, Newfoundland

Grave: D 10


Captain Hugh Brett

Captain Hugh Brett
7th Bn Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry
Died on 29th July 1916 aged 24
Son of Julie and the late William Brett
of “Oakbank,” Landsdowne Rd., Sidcup, Kent,

Grave: D 13


Shot at Dawn

Rifleman J McCracken

Rifleman J McCracken 15/13211
15th Bn Royal Irish Rifles
Died on 19th March 1916 aged 19
Son of John McCracken

Grave: C 21

Shot at Dawn for desertion

Both men came from North Belfast and had arrived in France with the Ulster Division in the autumn of 1915. The Division was deployed on the Somme (where it would play an important role on 1st July 1916).

Following a number of days heavy bombardment, on their trenches opposite Beaumont-Hamel, Templeton went absent (and not for the first time) on the 20th February 1916 — but then gave himself up.

That very evening McCracken went absent but like Templeton gave himself up — the following evening.

The pair were brought to trial on the 27th February. McCracken stated that he had been ill and was (eventually) given a medical examination.

Their CO, Major Ewart offered a reasonable summing up, stating that both men were of poor character but ultimately despite the fact that they had obviously been aware of what they were doing they may have misjudged just how serious the offence was.

Their Brigade commander, however, disagreed and felt that discipline in the battalion needed tightening. He recommended that the death penalties should be carried out. The pair were shot side-by-side on the morning of 19th March and later buried here.

Rifleman J Templeton

Rifleman J Templeton 15/890
15th Bn Royal Irish Rifles
Died on 19th March 1916
Son of Mr. Templeton
of 12, Enfield St., Belfast

Grave: C 20

Shot at Dawn for desertion

See McCracken — above.


Other cemeteries in the area

Recent Additions

Brimont Churchyard

Braine Communal Cemetery

Soupir Churchyard

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