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Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery

Location

Bouzincourt is a village 3 kilometres north-west of Albert on the D938 road to Doullens. The Cemetery is east of the village.

In the centre of Bouzincourt take the direction for Aveluy (D20) and the Cemetery is signposted. Approximately 1.5 kilometres along the D20 road there is a track leading to the cemetery, which is approximately 500 metres along this track and is unsuitable for cars.

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Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery

 

Historical Information

Bouzincourt remained partly in German hands after the battles of March 1918. The eastern end of the village was attacked by the 12th and 18th Divisions at the end of June 1918, and cleared in the latter half of August. In the first week of September, Plot I of Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery was made by the V Corps Burial Officer, who cleared the battlefields and the remaining Plots were formed after the Armistice when 500 graves were brought in from the immediate neighbourhood.

Bouzincourt Ridge Cemetery

The cemetery now contains 709 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 313 of the burials are unidentified and there is a special memorial to an officer of the 38th Division known to be buried in one of them.

The cemetery was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

The Thiepval Memorial in the distance

The Thiepval Memorial in the distance

 


John Collings-Wells VC DSO

Lt Colonel John Collings-Wells VC DSO
4th Bn Bedfordshire Regiment
Died on 27th March 1918 aged 38
Son of Arthur and Caroline Collings-Wells
of Brand’s House, Hughenden, High Wycombe, Bucks

Grave: III E 12

The London Gazette
23rd April 1918

For most conspicuous bravery, skillful leading and handling of his battalion in very critical situations during a withdrawal. When the rearguard was almost surrounded and in great danger of being captured, Lieutenant Colonel Collings-Wells, realising the situation, called for volunteers to remain behind and hold up the enemy whilst the remainder of the rearguard withdrew, and with his small body of volunteers held them up for one and half hours until they had expended every round of ammunition.

During this time he moved freely amongst his men guiding and encouraging them, and by his great courage undoubtedly saved the situation. On a subsequent occasion, when his battalion was ordered to carry out a counter-attack, he showed the greatest bravery.

Knowing that his men were extremely tired after six days’ fighting, he placed himself in front and led the attack, and even when twice wounded refused to leave them but continued to lead and encourage his men until he was killed at the moment of gaining their objective. The successful results of the operations were, without doubt, due to the undaunted courage exhibited by this officer.

 


Serjeant W Oakley

Serjeant W Oakley 608575
18th Bn London Regiment
London Irish Rifles
Died on 13th May 1918

Grave: II S 1


Private Robert Small

Private Robert Small G/70121
6th Bn The Queen’s
Royal West Surrey Regiment
Died on 30th June 1916 aged 19
Son of John and Edith Small
of 59, Russell Rd, Wimbledon, London

Grave: II A 16

 

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