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Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery Extension


Bouzincourt is a village 3 kilometres north-west of Albert on the road to Doullens (D938). The Communal Cemetery is on the northern side of the village and is signposted on the main road (D938) through the village.

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Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery


Historical Information

Bouzincourt was used as a field ambulance station from early in 1916 to February 1917, when the Allied line went forward from the Ancre. It was in German hands for a few days in the spring of 1918.

Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery was used for burials from March to July 1916 and again from April to June 1918; it contains 33 Commonwealth burials of the First World War.

The adjoining Cemetery Extension was begun in May 1916 and used until February 1917. In the early part of July 1916, it was used not only for burials from the field ambulances but also for the interment of many soldiers killed in action and brought back from the line. The extension was reopened from the end of March 1918 until the following September and used largely by the 38th (Welsh) Division. In 1919, 20 graves were brought in from the immediate neighbourhood of Bouzincourt and in 1925, 108 more were brought in from the various Somme battlefields and from Framerville Churchyard.

The extension now contains 589 Commonwealth burials and commemorations of the First World War. 108 of the burials are unidentified but there are special memorials to casualties known or believed to be buried among them.

The extension was designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield.

Bouzincourt Communal Cemetery Extension


Two brothers, same day

Lieutenant James Lyall

Lieutenant James Lyall
D Coy 15th Bn Highland Light Infantry
Died on 3rd July 1916 aged 41
Son of John and Maria Lyall
Husband of Mary Lyall
of 11, Winston Avenue, Broomhill, Glasgow

Grave: II B 4

Lieutenant Archibald Lyall

Lieutenant Archibald Lyall
B Coy 15th Bn Highland Light Infantry
Died on 3rd July 1916 aged 39
Son of John and Maria Lyall
Husband of Ann Lyall
of 6, Granby Terrace, Glasgow

Grave: II B 5


Lance Serjeant James Baird

Lance Serjeant James Baird 533298
1/15th Bn London Regiment
Prince of Wales’ Own Civil Service Rifles
Died on 6th April 1918 aged 23
Son of James and Isabella Baird
of 7, Glenrigg Place, Castle Douglas

Grave: II J 11

Private Sylvester Jagger

Private Sylvester Jagger 241732
6th Bn West Yorkshire Regiment
Prince of Wales’s Own
Died on 2nd July 1916 aged 17
Son of Sam and Ada Jagger
of Haydn House, Queensbury, Bradford, Yorks

Grave: II C 23


Shot at Dawn

Private Arthur Earp

Private Arthur Earp 2676
1/5th Bn Royal Warwickshire Regiment
Died on 22nd July 1916
Brother of Mr G Earp
of Providence Terrace, Friston St, Ladywood

Grave: I C 25

Shot for quitting his post

During the preliminary bombardment prior to the Battle of the Somme Earp’s platoon was holding part of the front south east of Hébuterne. The Germans began a counter-bombardment and after two hours of this Earp told his Sergeant that he couldn’t support the shelling any longer and ran off to the rear.

It was heard at his Court Martial that he had been suffering from nerves for some time prior to the incident and that the shelling had indeed been ferocious. Although a plea of mercy was entered in his favour, it was turned down by General Hubert Gough.


Other cemeteries in the area

Recent Additions

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