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Bapaume Post Military Cemetery

Location

The town of Albert is in the Department of the Somme. Bapaume Post Military Cemetery is about 2 Kms north-east of the town on the right-hand side of the main road, D929, to Bapaume.

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Bapaume Post Military Cemetery

 

Historical Information

Bapaume Post Military Cemetery lies on the west side of Tara Hill and south-west of Usna Hill and at times it was called by those names.

In June 1916, the front line crossed the Bapaume road between the site of this cemetery and the village of La Boisselle. The attack on La Boisselle on 1st July was not successful, and several days passed before the village was taken. The cemetery was begun almost at once by the divisions engaged in this sector and 152 graves in Plot I, Rows B to I, were made before the end of January 1917, when the cemetery was closed.

Bapaume Post Military Cemetery

On 26th March 1918, the cemetery, with the town of Albert, fell into German hands, but it was recovered towards the end of August. After the Armistice, graves from the battlefields east and west of the cemetery were brought in, including many of the 34th (Tyneside) Division, which attacked along the Bapaume road on 1st July 1916, and some 38th (Welsh) Division, which recaptured Usna Hill on 23rd August 1918.

The cemetery now contains 410 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 181 of the burials are unidentified, but there are special memorials to three casualties believed to be buried among them.

The cemetery was designed by Charles Holden.

Bapaume Post Military Cemetery

Almost half the burials are unidentified

Following the choosing of Britain’s Unknown Warrior at St pol sur Ternoise it would appear that the bodies of the remaining soldiers from the ‘choice’ were left alongside this cemetery. They may therefore be in here. In comparison, the French provided a special plot for their unchosen at Verdun.

 


Lt Colonel Charles Sillery

Lt Colonel Charles Sillery
20th Bn Northumberland Fusiliers
Tyneside Scottish
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 54
Husband of E Sillery
of The Grange, Scalby, Scarborough

Grave: I G 2


Major Sir Foster Cunliffe

Major Sir Foster Cunliffe
13th Bn Rifle Brigade
Died on 10th July 1916 aged 41
6th Bart. Son of Sir Robert and Lady Cunliffe
of Acton Park, Denbighshire

Grave: I G 3


2nd Lieutenant J Bennett MM

2nd Lieutenant J Bennett MM
8th Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Died on 24th July 1916
Son of John and Maria Bennett
of Queen St, Cubbington, Leamington Spa

Grave: I G 6


Lieutenant James Williams

Lieutenant James Williams
87th Bn Canadian Infantry
Quebec Regiment
Died on 18th November 1916 aged 28
Son of the Right Revd. Lennox Williams
Bishop of Quebec and Caroline his wife
Husband of Evelyn Williams
of Park St, Sackville, New Brunswick
BA Oxford University

All honour give to those who
Nobly striving nobly fell
That we might live

Grave: I I 1


Lt Colonel W Lyle

Lt Colonel W Lyle
23rd Bn Northumberland Fusiliers
Tyneside Scottish
Died on 1st July 1916 aged 40
Son of William Lyle
Husband of Edith Lyle
of Springvale, Hythe, Kent

Grave: I G 1


Gunner Samuel Jacquest

Gunner Samuel Jacquest 91546
7th Bde Canadian Field Artillery
Died on 17th October 1916 aged 28
Son of Samuel and Susan Jacquest
of Kettering
M.A. (Cantab)
Headmaster of Greenwood School
British Columbia

Grave: I C 10


Driver Percy Layzell

Driver Percy Layzell 10
2nd Bde Canadian Field Artillery
Died on 14th November 1916 aged 16
Son of Charles and Bessie Layzell
of 166, Bagot St. West, Kingston, Ontario
Native of Brighton, England

Grave: I H 6

 

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